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Student forms a Planned Parenthood defenders group.   |   Rebecca Mitchell/THE CHIMES


*Editor's Note: The topics, individuals and groups covered in the Chimes do not necessarily represent Biola University, nor are they endorsed by the university. “Planned Parenthood Defenders” groups are not approved by, sponsored by or affiliated with the university.*

Students began gathering weekly to take action in support of Planned Parenthood starting on Friday, Feb. 3.  

Increased support

Senior journalism major Morgan Mitchell started hosting Planned Parenthood defender meetings after attending the Women’s March in San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 21 and feeling as though she could not sit on the sidelines any longer. Through these meetings, Mitchell hopes to increase support for Planned Parenthood along with defender leaders across the United States. An average of three to seven men and women have attended the meetings thus far.

“My goal is to create change, even if on a small level, just to help Planned Parenthood in any way I can,” Mitchell said. “It’s really just to show our support, that’s our goal, and to try to create change and in the long run help Planned Parenthood survive this election and possibly future elections depending on what happens after these four years.”

In each meeting, Mitchell uses the weekly actions Planned Parenthood emails all of the defender leaders. The actions include writing letters to congressmen and local newspaper editors, as well as sending postcards to local congressmen and Planned Parenthood clinics.

A safe haven

“I think a big part of these meetings is that this a safe space for people to come to, it’s a place to be with like-minded people and be able to do activism with people who you know you can be yourself around,” Mitchell said.

While Mitchell hopes the meetings provide a safe haven for everyone, it has proved difficult to draw people in each week.

“It’s been really hard to get people to show up to the meetings, just to be honest, because we live in a blue state but we’re in a pretty red area. Orange County is Republican so it’s kind of hard to find supporters,” Mitchell said.


The Chimes published a features article on the topics presented in this news brief, including responses from opposition, which readers can access here.  ​

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  2. Michael

    The obvious liberal influence on the thinking of many of today's Biola students is incredibly sad. For a school with such a solid mission to impact the world for Christ to have students who have strayed so far from the school's Biblical foundation is a sad commentary on the state of the church and Christian education. The Chimes' articles increasingly show the world's influence rather than Biblical truth. Incredibly disappointing that this kind of viewpoint is what Biola chooses to highlight. This is not merely a different perspective, this is encouraging and affirming the complete opposite of what Biola states as a core value: the sanctity of life. As an alumni and regular donor, this, along with many other liberal leaning articles of late, is causing me to rethink my ongoing financial support of the University. March 1, 2017

  3. Thaddeus Williams

    This is truly heartbreaking to read. To anyone interested: These vids (linked below) are very well done and factually debunk the myths that dupe otherwise thoughtful Christians into supporting an organization that exploits women (especially women of color) and terminates image bearers of God on a daily basis, and is antithetical to the Gospel of grace. Please watch to get the facts straight. Blessings. March 1, 2017

  4. Thaddeus Williams

    This old Chimes article shows the other side. March 1, 2017

  5. Jenn Sykes

    I'm so sad reading this story. Miss Mitchell, your actions result from your worldview. What is yours? Do you stand with Christ? Or the world? I would seriously recommend reconsidering your position that has supported an exploiting women and a multi-generational genocide if you say you're a Christ-follower. March 1, 2017

  6. Kayla

    I agree that this is unfortunate to read. Planned parenthood is not a women's health clinic, and it does not support women's rights. Supporting them exploits women and especially the unborn child. This is not a discrimination issue, it's a moral and spiritual issue. March 1, 2017

  7. David

    If any Biola students find themselves in a position where they would seek the services provided by Planned Parenthood, I highly recommend Obria Medical Clinics.

    Obria is a group of free, life-affirming health clinics, and they are a great alternative to Planned Parenthood. These are the types of organizations we should support. March 1, 2017

  8. Kristen

    "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
    The Chimes has shown an incredible liberal bias in recent years - which is not only concerning journalistically, but more importantly, theologically. This article is heartbreaking on so many levels. Biola's mission is to impact the culture for Christ. It's clear the University needs to stand firm on such matters as the culture is impacting the students more than ever. Anyone who doubts that Planned Parenthood is primarily devoted to killing pre-born children should read the testimony of a former clinic director, Abby Johnson. Here:
    May this serve to wake up those in the Biola community who truly value what God values and to stand up for Truth!
    March 1, 2017

  9. Diane

    I think this shows the incredible pressures that young people too often cave into without strong spiritual & thinking mentors in their lives. The young lady in question definitely needs some science classes that include the scientific definition of what life is, & that also detail the development of a baby in utero. Some clear biblical teaching & a Spirit-softened heart are also needed. I wonder just how many chapels she attended & actually listened to? (I know they don't have to attend daily as we did 40 years ago.) This shows a disturbing spiritual hardness of heart. I pray the Lord meets her where she is & turns her heart around. March 1, 2017

  10. Garrett Eaglin

    I'm deeply disappointed that so many of you, even faculty, would post such disparaging comments. As a Biola Bible & Theology Senior undergrad who supports the work of PP, I stand with Morgan and her willingness to introduce a diversity of ideas into the university dialogue (note: not monologue). . March 2, 2017

  11. Kristen

    Garrett - This was not an opinion expressed on an inconsequential matter. This issue is intrinsically related to life and death. I watched the video where Morgan was interviewed and she stated, among other concerning things, that she believes Planned Parenthood is in fact "pro-life" and that Christians should support it because it is devoted to helping women. Statements such as that should be refuted by those who are committed to the Truth from God's Word and those who wish protect others from being influenced by such dangerous and misleading rhetoric. What's truly disappointing is that such viewpoints would be advanced by anyone associated with Biola. The greatest unkindness would be to not counter such damaging beliefs when they are shared by one who claims the name of Christ. Praying for Biola and all hearts involved. March 2, 2017

  12. Anne

    I agree with Kristen... it is a life and death issue. Garrett, please do your homework and research how planned parenthood came about and the worldview behind it... it is disturbing. I, too, will be praying for Biola and that the students will want to seek and follow God, not this world. March 2, 2017

  13. for Emily

    As the daughter of an abortion victim this article disheartened me so much. My sister was taken from me and my family because of the mindset this article shows. While it is horrific to think about how abortions will be done without the likes of Planned Parenthood to do them legally in a sterile environment, these are human lives that are at stake. My mother is still to this day struggling with PTSD as a result of the "choice" she made THIRTY years ago. She like SO many other pregnant teens was only told how unprepared she was to be a mom. Her parents also followed suit and were not at all open to her keeping my sister. She also was only told horror stories about adoption. She has many times stated that had just one person advocated for my sister's life and given her wise counsel about it she would have clung to that instead of terminating her pregnancy at 16.

    Chimes, these kinds of articles make me upset to be a Biola student. I completely respect your desire to allow students on this campus freedom of speech, but in all seriousness is this really what we want to show of our school? Maybe I just stay in a small circle, but this in no way represents my Biola experience and having a dominant amount of liberal articles being what represents Biola to outsiders, I feel is in no way helpful. There is truly nothing that Planned Parenthood does (besides abortion) that cannot be done (better might I add) by other medical places. March 2, 2017

  14. Joey

    Actually orange county is majority democrat, anywhere from 50-55% registered voters are democrat, and Hillary took 62% in november. For her to put that as the reason for the low attendance is comical. Maybe it's because you attend a christian university where the majority of the students believe that the organization in question commits mass murder and against society's most defenseless demographic? LOL March 2, 2017

  15. Sam K

    #1: Informal Fallacy

    Rebecca Mitchell commits "argumentum ad consequentiam." (Appeal to Consequences argument) She claims we should support planned parenthood because of the inevitable consequences that would happen if we didn't. March 2, 2017

  16. Sam K

    #2: Planned Parenthood executives supporting the sale of aborted babies
    March 2, 2017

  17. Sam K

    #3: Planned Parenthood Founder was a racist eugenist.

    Margaret Sanger's article: "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda"

    Sanger quote: Dec. 10, 1939

    "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal.

    We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

    March 2, 2017

  18. Andrew

    While this article (news, opinion, or otherwise) greatly saddened me, perhaps it is just what Biola needed to help rally the faithful to stand up for Truth. I believe the overwhelming majority of faculty, staff, and students at a Biola value the University's Biblical stance on this and other matters and it's time for them to stand up against the few loud voices that seem to value secular society's views over sound doctrine. March 3, 2017

  19. Kimberly

    As a former student of Biola who also had colorful views, you go girl. I also had a hard time fitting in at Biola because of my differing political stances. Although I am pro-life I think you are brave for stepping out and showing another side to the coin.

    Biola is a very conservative school. It blessed me in many ways and I'm proud of The Chimes allowing you to write this article. You're expressing your freedom of speech and it's really cool to see. March 4, 2017

  20. Angie Knechtel

    I brought a group of 45 High School students to Biola on Friday and I was so disheartened that the issue of the Chimes they had access to was basically devoted to this girl and her "Stand for Values". Big pictures on the front of both sections. How are they supposed to know that the majority of Biola students, faculty, and administration don't agree? I'm guessing that students are in charge of the Chimes. March 6, 2017

  21. Octavio

    Miss Mitchell

    You're short bio states that you are a "sophomore journalism major who loves penguins, reading God’s Word and sharing people’s stories."

    Question...If you love reading God's word so much then why would you EVER support an organization that goes contrary to God's word?? How do YOU reconcile His Holy word with the murdering of babies? You do realize PP kills babies AND sells their body parts rights??

    The whole point of reading God's word is that it would transform our hearts and minds, by the power of the Holy Spirit, thus having a Biblical world view. Afterall, BIOLA's motto is "Think biblically about everything."

    Even more importantly God's word states "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

    Miss Mitchell, my prayer for you is that God would reveal himself in the profound way he did with Paul on the road to Damascus. May He give you your road to Damascus experience. March 6, 2017

  22. Steve

    Unfortunately, from some of the articles I have read in the past few years, and some of the moves the school has taken recently, it seems as though Biola is losing its moral compass. It is like Biola has taken up Jack Sparrow's compass instead. March 8, 2017

  23. Arlin

    Ratchet Mitchell authored the article.

    Morgan Mitchell is the student pushing Planned Parenthood.

    Please don't confuse the two. March 9, 2017

  24. Arlin


    Stupid Phone. March 9, 2017

  25. Dan Nehrbass

    I will cancel all correspondence from Biola as a result of this article being published.
    March 11, 2017

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