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Condoms? Not For Our Students, Says Boston College

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Condoms? Not For Our Students, Says Boston College

For passing out condoms, students at Boston College could face disciplinary action. Earlier this month, university officials sent a letter to students who are part of a group called Safe Sites, which has 18 locations (almost all in student dorms) that provide free condoms, lubricants and pamphlets about sexual health.

Boston College has been aware of the Safe Sites program for two years, according to Lizzie Jekanowski, the chair of Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) which runs Safe Sites. While the Safe Sites program has been in place for two years, BC only took action this month. In their letter, Dean of Students Paul Chebator and the Director of Residence Life, George Arey, told the students they could face disciplinary action as the Safe Sites program’s activities conflict with the “responsibility to protect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.”

BC spokesman, Jack Dunn, says that the students have “repeatedly failed to heed warnings about the condom giveaway as incongruent with the Jesuit Catholic values of Boston College.” Other Catholic universities, including the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, have said that they too have policies that ban students from distributing condoms on campus and that students could face disciplinary action for doing so.  Victor Nakas, a spokesperson for Catholic University of America, said simply to the Boston Globe that “one of the teachings of our faith is that contraception is morally unacceptable. Since condoms are a form of contraception, we do not permit their distribution on campus.”

The ACLU Steps In

The Massachusetts ACLU says that the threat of disciplinary action by BC is a potential infringement on the students’ civil rights. The ACLU may indeed take legal action: just because the school is a private institution does not give it the right to, in effect, do whatever it wants. In the Boston Globe, Sarah Wunsch, staff lawyer at the ­ACLU of Massachusetts, cites the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act of 1979, which does not allow private and public entities to interfere with an individual’s civil rights.

BC and other Catholic universities indeed note that the prohibition against students handing out condoms on campus is “not specifically outlined in a written policy.” But they claim that “student groups are well aware that they are prohibited from distributing birth control on campus” because such an activity runs “counter to Catholic beliefs.”

Boston College Putting Belief Over Civil Rights

The issue of access to contraception at Catholic institutions of higher learning arose last year after some schools spoke out against the health care law, under which most employers must cover contraceptives as part of their health plans. Catholic bishops and other Catholic officials sought to frame the birth control benefit as one of government infringing on their religious beliefs.

BC and other Catholic schools are trying to do the same about the distribution of condoms on campuses. The Boston Globe cites Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, who invokes the principles of Catholic doctrine, specifically Pope John Paul II’s 1990 Ex Corde Ecclesiae and a “U.S.-specific interpretation of that document” that ­the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued in 2001.

What the condom distribution dispute really illustrates is how “official doctrine” can say one thing but people, including Catholics — in full awareness of their civil rights — do what they do. National surveys indicate that most Catholics consider the use of contraception to be “morally acceptable.” In fact, as Bridgette Dunlap has written on RH Reality Check, Catholic universities were for contraception before they opposed it:

From 1963 to 1967 Notre Dame held an annual “Conference on Population.” The conference, organized with the help of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was intended from its inception to be a forum to develop a more liberal Catholic position on contraception. In 1965, thirty-seven scholars who attended the conference sent a statement to the Pope that declared “[t]here is dependable evidence that contraception is not intrinsically immoral, and that therefore there are certain circumstances in which it may be permitted or indeed even recommended.”

Dunlap points out that no one less than Notre Dame’s President, Father Theodore Hesburgh, later requested that his friend, John D. Rockefeller, hold “a secret meeting with the Pope to discuss the problem of overpopulation.”

As Jekanowski puts it, plain and simple, “People are having sex on campus both at BC and at other Catholic schools. Catholics and non-Catholics alike need access to this information to make the best decisions for their health.”



Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/condoms-not-for-our-students-says-boston-college.html#ixzz2P5qymWjg

by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:46 AM
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lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

 

Quoting MissTacoBell:

They have a program like this at the dorms at my university. It's awesome.

You'd be shocked how often I'm passing through campus and hear a (idiotic) young girl talking about all her different partners. One even said her goal was to "try out as many as she could before picking a bf".

 Ewww. That is disturbing!

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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livelaughlov26
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Quoting NWP:

And that is a good example of what happens when we don't have open and real life discussions about sex with our kids.

Quoting MissTacoBell:

They have a program like this at the dorms at my university. It's awesome.

You'd be shocked how often I'm passing through campus and hear a (idiotic) young girl talking about all her different partners. One even said her goal was to "try out as many as she could before picking a bf".



I've heard similar comments from high school students and around here they have comprehensive sex education in school.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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In my definition of comprehensive sex ed, it means that children get a good education about sex and relationships at home from parents as well as at school...Neither are off the hook for this and both have a responsibility.

One of these sources is failing the kids you witnessed.

Quoting meriana:


Quoting NWP:

And that is a good example of what happens when we don't have open and real life discussions about sex with our kids.

Quoting MissTacoBell:

They have a program like this at the dorms at my university. It's awesome.

You'd be shocked how often I'm passing through campus and hear a (idiotic) young girl talking about all her different partners. One even said her goal was to "try out as many as she could before picking a bf".



I've heard similar comments from high school students and around here they have comprehensive sex education in school.


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Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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I think it is perfectly reasonable for the college to shut down the program and discipline students who choose to ignore their Dean's direction. Students have myriad schools to choose from and when they choose a Jesuit school with these restrictions they need to follow them.

No, I do not agree with the directive nor do I agree with the Catholic church's position on birth control. However I think it is absolutely critical that we uphold this private institution's right to make these rules. 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

One of these sources is failing the kids you witnessed. by NWP

Actually I think it's both. The schools cannot tell children that it's wrong for them to have sex if they decide they want to because that would be teaching morals. So all they can do is give them facts about it all including bc and information about "safe sex", using condoms and bc if they decide to have sex. Then there are parents who have no problem putting their young dd's on bc and/or handing out condoms because, "they're going to do it anyway, at least they'll be safe", add to that (at least in this state), PP who is happy for kids to talk to them rather than their parents and will provide whatever said kids want without the parents even knowing about it. My kids both know others who have had multiple partners and my kids are 17 and 14 yrs old.

 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 31, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Yep...That is why I think it is important to do both. If a parent gives their child permission to behave that way, then that is on the parent. It certainly isn't the way I plan to teach my children. Teaching sex absent from teaching the complexities of human relationships is leaving out a BIG piece of the puzzle for them. They need context.

Quoting meriana:

One of these sources is failing the kids you witnessed. by NWP

Actually I think it's both. The schools cannot tell children that it's wrong for them to have sex if they decide they want to because that would be teaching morals. So all they can do is give them facts about it all including bc and information about "safe sex", using condoms and bc if they decide to have sex. Then there are parents who have no problem putting their young dd's on bc and/or handing out condoms because, "they're going to do it anyway, at least they'll be safe", add to that (at least in this state), PP who is happy for kids to talk to them rather than their parents and will provide whatever said kids want without the parents even knowing about it. My kids both know others who have had multiple partners and my kids are 17 and 14 yrs old.

 


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jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Meh, it's a private school. It has the right to be wrong.
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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting MissTacoBell:

They have a program like this at the dorms at my university. It's awesome.

You'd be shocked how often I'm passing through campus and hear a (idiotic) young girl talking about all her different partners. One even said her goal was to "try out as many as she could before picking a bf".

 Ewww. That is disturbing!

It's no more eww and disturbing than the fact that men have been doing just that and bragging about it, being patted on the back about, and more recently having movies and shows made to glorify it, since the begining of time.


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