A condom delivery service launched by Georgetown University students will apparently be justified as “free speech” by the university’s administration.
H*yas for Choice officially announced their new condom delivery service on their Facebook page in late October. Students at Georgetown may now simply fill out a form in order to obtain condoms via pick up at a “free speech” zone located in Red Square on campus or have the birth control delivered.
The Huffington Post reported that the student group gets the condoms from Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—among other sources. Consumer Reports tested condoms in 2005 and reported that many of those offered free by Planned Parenthood had high failure rates.
Earlier this year, students at Boston College reportedly attempted distributing condoms on campus but were threatened with disciplinary action from the administration which labeled it a violation of the school's Catholic values, according to The Boston Pilot.
But Georgetown will reportedly not discipline students for distributing condoms on campus. “H*yas for Choice is not an organization with access to university benefits and does not use university resources,” Rachel Pugh, director of media relations at Georgetown, told The Georgetown Voice. "We respect the rights of our students to join outside groups as individuals and believe this activity falls within that context."
Catholic Education Daily reported that Georgetown University’s health insurance began covering contraception for students, faculty, and staff earlier this year despite the fact that many other Catholic colleges are currently fighting the HHS mandate in court.
One student quoted in the liberal student newspaper was critical of the condom distribution. Andrew Schilling, outside guard of the Knights of Columbus, said, “Hoyas do not need more contraception, or a more efficient method of distributing them. Unfortunately, the proposed plan does nothing to tackle the urgent problems of Georgetown’s current hook-up culture, like the high rate of sexual violence committed against women.”
Laura Narefsky, president of H*yas for Choice, told The Huffington Post, "We will continue providing these services to the community as long as there is demand.”
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