In light of the controversy over student distribution of contraceptives at Boston College, other Catholic colleges have expressed their opposition to the practice and their support for the College’s decision. Most recently, Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. stated that it opposes campus distribution of contraceptives.
“Catholic colleges can’t be seen as promoting pre-marital sex,” Julia Duffy, director of the student health center at Fairfield, told the Fairfield Mirror.
Some students at the college don't agree. They feel that contraceptive distribution should be permissible.
“Fairfield does not implement Jesuit values or religion on anybody, [even though] it is a Jesuit school,” said junior and resident assistant Rosalba Conde.
Meanwhile, students at Boston College continue distributing condoms and other contraceptives despite the school’s warning.
“Students are going to behaving sex regardless,” said senior Lizzie Jekanowski, chair of Boston College Students for Sexual Health, the group distributing the contraceptives. “It harkens to a much deeper Catholic morality of caring for your neighbor – and that’s literally what we’re doing, is caring for our neighbors.”
Jekanowski estimated that the group distributes around 2,000 condoms each semester. The group receives money from groups such as Advocates for Youth, and is affiliated with the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
“We just wanted to help normalize the presence of condoms,” said Scott Jelinek, one of the group’s founders and a 2010 graduate.
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