California Catholic Daily exclusive.
On June 23, two of Planned Parenthood’s top officials, Sue Dunlap and Kathy Kneer, will be leading a discussion on ‘women’s healthcare’ at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral Plaza.
“Uncertain Times: Charting the Path Forward for Women’s Health” will be part of the Policy Café series hosted by the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles. According to the event page, tickets include parking at the Cathedral and breakfast.
The Community Clinic Association describes Kneer and Dunlap as two of California’s leading women’s health advocates. Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles have both worked for over twenty years to expand abortion access in California. It can be assumed that women’s health means access to abortion and contraception in this context.
Kneer is described in her bio as having worked to expand access to the abortion pill and early abortion care. She was campaign chair for the Campaign for Teen Safety, the organization that worked to defeat three pro-life parental notification initiatives, Propositions 73, 85 and 4. These initiatives were supported by California bishops, including Los Angeles archbishop Jose Gomez. In fact, in 2012 the archbishop encouraged signature gathering for the parental notification initiative, and many were collected at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Dunlap heads one of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country that performs thousands of abortions each year. She is a registered lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and works towards furthering abortion access across the country. Dunlap was recently a featured speaker at the LA Pride Dyke March in West Hollywood.
The event space for the upcoming Policy Café meeting was designed for “not only for a multitude of liturgical uses, but also for civic and cultural events, informal gatherings, and solitary prayer and contemplation”. It is “part of the cathedral” and is not considered a separate complex, according to the church office.
It is unclear who decided that the pro-abortion discussion should be held on the Cathedral grounds.
Update 6/21: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles issued the following statement regarding “Uncertain Times: Charting the Path Forward for Women’s Health”: “this was not a Cathedral or Archdiocesan event. The Archdiocese became aware of the matter yesterday evening. The event will not be taking place at the Center on the Cathedral Plaza.”