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Published On: Tue, Jun 7th, 2016

Oklahoma Wesleyan adds pro-life activism certificate and program on pregnancy center management

Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s pro-life support just widened as OKWU announced an “applied bioethics” certificate program this July that will train students in pro-life activism and pregnancy center management, partnering with both the Life Training Institute and Care Net.

The Christian school stated that the “applied” focus is what separates OKWU’s program from other Christian schools with bioethics programs, such as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Cedarville University.

Everett Piper cited  the Wesleyan Church’s “explicitly and unequivocally pro-life” position as part of the justification for the program. “We humbly acknowledge that God defines life and that men do not,” he said in an email provided by Media Relations Coordinator Megan England.

photo/ Rudy and Peter Skitterians via Pixabay

photo/ Rudy and Peter Skitterians via Pixabay

OKWU is also examining the “feasibility” of expanding the program into a full-blown bachelor’s degree that prepares students for “vocational work in pro-life apologetics, political consulting, or for an executive role” in pregnancy help centers and medical clinics, according to the program website.

Speaker for Life founder Marc Newman, explained the program further, stating that “Our goal is to train up powerful advocates for the unborn and center and clinic directors who can persuasively mount a case for their work, raise financial, volunteer, and prayer support, and be of service to area churches, civic groups and schools.”

While OKWU says applied-bioethics credits earned by students will be transferable, it’s still working out the details because the program is “in the very early stages,” England told The College Fix, who has more on their site.

According to Life Training Institute founder Scott Klusendorf, who teaches classes in the program, “we are in trouble” if Christian students fail to use their faith to make a larger cultural impact.

“[Students] need to be able to make a case for the pro-life view in one minute or less if necessary,” he explained, “There is no major out there anywhere that is teaching people to do this.”

Raw Story fan their biased coverage of the news with the headline: “Christian university offering degree in management of fraudulent ‘crisis pregnancy’ centers” (Emphasis added, The Dispatch).

Their author uses the antiquated “anti-choice” label in attacking the pregnancy centers, claiming that they operate “without overtly disclosing their agenda” and noted how “In some states, crisis pregnancy centers receive taxpayer funding despite their religious affiliations.” (His emphasis, not mine).

Image/James Gathany

Image/James Gathany

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