Tolton Catholic High School announced Wednesday it is ending it's relationship with the clothing company that provides its school uniforms.
In the latest spring catalog,
Lands' End endorses Gloria Steinem, who, according to the company, has
"made a difference in her own industry and paved the way for others to
Steinem has been an advocate for abortion rights for
decades, and the letter said she has "spoken of women's 'need' for
abortion, and referred to it as a 'sacrament.'"
Tolton said Lands'
End has been a provider of its official uniform since 2011, but cannot
continue that relationship in good conscience.
The letter reads,
"We believe unequivocally that all life is sacred, from conception until
natural death. It would be contrary to our school's very identity to
support a company who celebrates the work of someone so opposed to our
ABC 17 News contacted the Diocese from Jefferson City for their response to Tolton's decision.
are supportive of Fr. Tolton High School’s decision to no longer use
Lands’ End as a uniform supplier,” said Sister Julie Brandt, Associate
Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Jefferson City.
“We will be contacting all of our schools to make them aware of Tolton
High School’s decision and the facts related to that decision. We aren’t
aware of how many other diocesan schools use Lands’ End as an official
supplier, but we want all the schools to be aware of the situation when
the local pastors, principals and advisory boards make their decisions
on uniform companies,” said Sister Julie Brandt, Associate
Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
The Diocese of Jefferson City has 37 elementary schools and three high schools in 38 counties of central and northeast Missouri.
said students may continue to wear any previously purchased Lands' End
clothing, but new uniform pieces can be purchased from Snow Creek Apparel, a family owned company in Columbia.