Roundup: Irish No Longer Rely on Luck to Stay Safe


Students in Ireland are getting more of an opportunity to take responsibility for their own health thanks to a campaign being launched across college campuses.  
The Union of Students in Ireland is promoting the idea of safer sex by handing out "sexual health awareness packs" to more than 45,000 students across the country.  Calling the campaign SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance), they hope to make it easier to discuss safe sex options.

The packs, which will be received by some 45,000 students across
college campuses, will contain condoms and information on contraception.

The
USI says the information provided aims to help students have safer sex
and make informed decisions regarding their contraceptive choices.

“There
has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of sexually transmitted
infections (STIs) reported in Ireland. By running this campaign, USI
want to encourage students to talk about their sexual health,” USI
welfare officer Ciaran Fitzpatrick said.

“There still seems to be
a taboo when it comes to talking about sex related issues. We want to
break through these barriers and encourage people to practice safer sex
and to look after their sexual health by getting screened for STIs,” he
added.

It could still be an uphill battle for a culture that is predominantly Catholic.  Many still see any sign of wavering on contraception to be tantamount to giving up their faith all together.  "The Catholic Church’s consistent and unbending opposition to the
contraceptive culture makes it the perennial target of promoters of the
culture of death," writes a columnist for the National Catholic Register. "[T]he entire culture of death is built on the foundation of contraception…"
By ignoring the fact that contraception is about more than just stopping the creation of a baby and also includes stopping diseases that in many cases can be life threatening, you have to start to wonder if maybe the wrong side is being called "the culture of death." 
Mini Roundup: Anti-choice advocates embrace the "pro-life" message of the Google Super Bowl ad, apparently assuming that the lovers never had *gasp* premarital sex.  And the real problem with pro-choice men is that, well, they are wrong, according to one pro-lifer, who’s next article will be "The Real Problem with Public Schools is They Teach You Verified Facts Instead of Biblical Knowledge."
 
February 9, 2010

Super
Bowl Drama:
Pro-Choice
Groups Invite Mockery Over Innocuous Ad
Technorati

Editorial:
Pro-choice can
pay $2.5M for airtime
Delaware County Daily Times

Letter:
Issue is not
pro-life but
whether God cares
St.
Augustine Record

 

February 8, 2010

Indiana
women sue
birth control
drugmaker
Fox
59

Female
Hormones Grow in Trees, Say Scientists

FOXNews

Groups
push for coverage of
birth control for teens
Charleston Gazette

Now,
BMC targets ‘educated’ masses for vasectomy
Indian Express

Education
to curb HIV/AIDS vulnerability
Financial Express Bangladesh

TV
Drama Can Be More Persuasive Than News Program
Newswise

Unplanned
pregnancy
warning to older women over 35
BBC News

USI
launches safer sex campaign
Irish Times

Contraception Is
The Key
National
Catholic Register

Planned
Parenthood shouldn’t promote sex education
StandardNet

Students’
union to launch safe-sex campaign
Irish Times

Abortion-rights
advocates push specialty plate
Los Angeles Times

Police
won’t release report on
abortion activists
Chicago Tribune

Sarah
Palin Appears Willing to Challenge Pro-
Abortion President Obama in 2012
LifeNews.com

Attorneys
seek new trial for
abortion doc’s killer
Washington Post

Feds
admit wrongly tracking Wis.
abortion groups
Washington Post

Approval
Rating for Pro-
Abortion
President Barack Obama Hits New Low

LifeNews.com

The
Real Problem with
Pro-choice Men
John Birch Society

Pro-Choice
group says Tebow Super Bowl ad glorifies violence
Washington Times

Pro-Choice
License Plates in Virginia [Shannen Coffin]
National Review
Online

Supreme
Court to Decide Key Case Affecting
Pro-Life College Student Groups
LifeNews.com

My
Vote for Best
Pro-life
Super Bowl Ad: Google’s Parisian Love Story
Lifesite

Ohio
House Speaker Armond Budish Prevents
Pro-Life Teen From Getting Award
LifeNews.com

Obama
Administration Admits It Wrongly Tracked Abortion Groups in Wisconsin
LifeNews.com

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