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  •  They did choose a Catholic school. nt (4+ / 0-)
    •  BC covers contraception (0+ / 0-)

      From the Wall Street Journal: "Boston College (Mass.) Plans cover contraception but not the morning-after pill" (http://online.wsj.com/...).  There is at least a mixed message there as far as condoms are concerned.

      The school's threatening letter cites a section from BC’s student handbook and lists of school policy to the effect that unmarried couples should not be engaging in sexual activity at the residence halls.  That's not much of a limitation.  It was long ago, but in my youth I remember dating several Catholic girls who were not under the impression that their Church forbade sexual activity, whatever its views on birth control.  Catholic boys certainly didn't think they had accepted temporary vows of chastity as a consequence of their religion, even if one discounts locker room banter substantially.  Those kids are acting as though they had a reasonable expectation of a college experience like everyone else's.  So, even without touching on priestly hypocrisy, it does not follow from the choice of BC that students should have expected their school would do more than preach about birth control and STD protection.  If there was a warning that such intrusions were going to place student's at risk, it was not obvious or even explicit.  I'll stick with indefensible.

      •  No mixed message (0+ / 0-)

        the health insurance plans they offer comply with Massachusetts state law.  The message is that they comply with the law.  

        Really, anyone who thought a Catholic institution would be ok with students passing contraception - clear violations of Catholic teaching both in the sexually active message and the contraception message -- out of a dorm room run by the Catholic institution based on Catholic values was delusional.  

      •  Plan B IS birth control, just bigger dose at once (1+ / 0-)
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        salmo

        god I hate the misinformation

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