Massachusetts: Catholic College Bars Student's Free Condoms
March 11, 2009
Stonehill College administrators put a halt to a student-initiated plan to distribute condoms at the private Catholic school.
"We make no secret of our religious affiliation, and our belief system is fairly straightforward," said Martin McGovern, Stonehill's spokesperson. "We don't expect everyone on campus to agree with our beliefs, but we would ask people, and students in particular, to respect them."
Stonehill follows Roman Catholic teachings that oppose artificial contraception, McGovern said. That the school does not allow its distribution on campus "is not a shocking revelation," he added.
Freitas, who said she is not Catholic, initially wanted to start a Sexual Health and Awareness Group, which would focus on educating students about protected sex. However, administrators suggested she work instead through the existing health group Active Concerned Educated Students. When administrators confiscated the condoms, which had been provided by two family-planning agencies, Freitas went public.
"I expected some resistance, but I think this is a debate that should be out in the open," Freitas said.
03.05.2009; Peter Schworm
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