What to do when someone’s religious beliefs or ideas conflict with your need and want for safer sex and pregnancy prevention.
All people deserve access to the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their own health, including students at a Catholic university.
Looking back, I now realize that finding contraception at Fordham was kind of like trying to find a suitable mate through a wanted ad. Even though you know it’s out there, you can’t believe what you have to go through to get it!
Fordham University prohibits the prescription of contraception at its health centers and the distribution of condoms on campus though many students aren’t aware of that until they’ve paid for the school’s insurance or visited the health center. Many are denied birth control even when facing health risks. This week, law students at the Catholic school are taking matters into their own hands by organizing a clinic just off-campus.
As a young twenty-something, I welcomed two very wanted, well-loved babies into the world. Once things began to deteriorate between their father and I, I knew without a doubt that any future pregnancy we faced would be terminated. In October 2010, I had an abortion.
A report released by the Guttmacher Institute yesterday shows that while religious affiliation may play some role in decisions regarding sexual behavior, it has little to do with whether women (married and unmarried) use contraception.
The vast majority of women who identify as Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and of other faiths have sex and use contraception at some point in their lives. Contraception is not controversial to real-life people. It only is when men in the far right repeat this ad nauseum. Let’s stop repeating after them.
Judge rules that Montgomery County, MD, overstepped on signage requirement at crisis pregnancy centers, fetal pain bill struck down in Arkansas, North Dakota bishops make list of charities Catholics shouldn’t support, IRS set to become abortion police if H.R. 3 passes.
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The Pope’s remarks on condoms have created an opening for a debate that up to now the church has wanted to avoid. Let’s take up the Pope’s remarks about sexuality as well as the basis of the opposition to contraception and kickstart that long overdue debate.