Planned Parenthood Action Fund on Toomey Sexist For-Profit College
Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433
Statement from Mary Alice Carter, Vice President of Communications for Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
“Toomey has already tried to control whether women can get birth control and where they can get it, but apparently he also wants to tell them what they can wear and who they can love. Next thing you know Pat Toomey will want women to call him to check what we can eat for breakfast and whether we can stay out past 11.
"Toomey’s Trump-style patronizing puts ideology over facts and is dangerous: it’s the same logic that Toomey used when he voted to defund Planned Parenthood seven times and said women should be punished for seeking abortions.”
“Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is trying to distance himself from a conservative, for-profit university known for bizarre teachings about gender as he prepares for a tough re-election campaign.”
“Toomey served on the board of the online school Yorktown University from 2007 to 2009, invested thousands of dollars in it and appeared in its promotional materials. Yorktown, founded in 2001 as a conservative counterweight to mainstream schools, offered courses that railed against political correctness, feminism, egalitarianism and multiculturalism.”
“…Toomey’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.”
“Yorktown’s curriculum included unconventional classes. One online lecture Yorktown promoted in 2012 warned parents of the “dangers” of gender studies programs at other universities.”
“Your daughter will reject the religious and moral codes you raised her with,” a press release for the lecture warned. “Your daughter will distance herself from family and friends. Your daughter will change her appearance, and may even change her sexual orientation. Your daughter will end up hating you (her father) and pitying you(her mother). After your daughter has completed her reeducation, you will certainly be out tens of thousands of dollars and very possibly lose your daughter.”
“While Yorktown’s faculty included some credible scholars, the school also offered a free lecture criticizing art history and a class that described popular music, modern art and psychology as “signs of serious cultural disturbance.” Another lecture defined political correctness as an attempt to limit free thought “by intimidation, force and other forms of coercion.”
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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.