What? Block a dissertation? How does that even work? Can you do that? What does that even mean? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, Missouri, who chairs the Missouri state senate’s interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, sent a letter in late October to the University of Missouri calling Ruhr’s dissertation “a marketing aid for Planned Parenthood — one that is funded, in part or in whole, by taxpayer dollars,” according to a copy of the letter posted to HuffingtonPost.com. Schaefer called for the university to hand over documents regarding the project's approval and said that, because the University of Missouri is a public university, it should not fund research that he said would promote elective abortions. Missouri law prohibits the use of public funds to promote non-life-saving abortions.
Now I'm no PhD, but I thought that dissertations were something that PhD candidates needed to write in order to get their doctorate. So this politician is attempting to interfere with a woman's education because she's researching the effects of your state's shitty 72-hour waiting period policy?
“I stand by my research project,” Lindsay Ruhr said Wednesday. “I feel that my research is objective, and that the whole point of my research is to understand how this policy affects women. Whether this policy is having a harmful or beneficial effect, we don’t know.”
If Kurt thinks this study is a "marketing air for Planned Parenthood," he must be reeeeeaaaaal confident that the results of the study will show that the waiting period does nothing but harm women.
Another funny thing is that this is the University of Missouri, the same University that is letting white supremacists threaten and terrorize black students, who are doing so because black students protested shitty actions and non-action from the University that made the campus unsafe for them. This includes kicking out University healthcare providers who were in any way associated with Planned Parenthood. And yet:
Anti-abortion website LifeNews.com, in an article posted Tuesday, praised Schaefer for the letter objecting to Ruhr’s research, saying he had uncovered “fresh evidence of collaboration between the University of Missouri and the state’s leading abortion provider.”
What's next? No accurate sex education for med students because the University receives tax dollars and how dare they promote the pro-sexy time agenda with public funds? No government grants for anything that could possibly prove Republican bullshit wrong? Fuck off, Kurt. I can't believe the University is even kind of going along with this.
Oh wait, yes I can.