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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.”



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by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:46 AM
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lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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Quoting Arroree:

 

 

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.

 

 When men do that same thing I find it disturbing also. I don't give men a free pass....being promiscuous is wrong. People who glorify it are wrong too.

lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

 I agree! Somebody has failed kids who think like that.

Quoting NWP:

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.


 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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Oh for goodness sakes.  Like they can't get their condoms at the nearby CVS, instead of at the Catholic campus.

Seriously.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

 It is not the school's responsibility at all.

This is a parenting job, plain and simple.


Quoting NWP:

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.



 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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This is one reason why my kid won't go to a Catholic private school or college if I am paying for it.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:44 PM

It is possible in an ideal world I would agree with you....but too many parents fail their children in this regard with even the BASIC understanding of human biology. I can't tell you how many girls I knew growing up who had NO IDEA what was happening to them when they got their periods.

Schools have a responsibility to teach biology and reproduction as part of the health and science curriculum.

Parents have a responsibility to teach children context, relationship rules, personal responsibility and a decent moral code.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 It is not the school's responsibility at all.

This is a parenting job, plain and simple.


Quoting NWP:

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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by Redwood Witch on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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Meh. It's not terribly surprising. I don't agree even a little bit with the school's stance, but...

Another thing, though. If it's not outlined in policy and only an "unspoken" policy, then I don't think they should be subject to punishment until the school actually enacts policy stating that they are prohibited from distributing BC on campus. As of right now, technically, it's not school policy. 

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM

You wouldn't help your child if they got into Notre Dame because they might not allow condoms to be given out in a dorm?


Quoting futureshock:

This is one reason why my kid won't go to a Catholic private school or college if I am paying for it.



MaggieO
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Because we all know that if we tell college students not to have sex, they won't, right?

Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I will not pay for my son to attend a religious school and the reason goes far beyond archaic and intrusive rules regarding condom distribution. Those institutions do not meet my moral standards. 

Quoting talia-mom:

You wouldn't help your child if they got into Notre Dame because they might not allow condoms to be given out in a dorm?


Quoting futureshock:

This is one reason why my kid won't go to a Catholic private school or college if I am paying for it.




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