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Fordham law students organize birth control clinic

November 30, 2011

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, a Fordham University student organization, has organized an off-campus birth control clinic because “our Catholic university prohibits the actual prescription of contraception at its health centers.”

“Students often learn that the health centers have religiously-based prohibition on contraceptive care only after purchasing university health insurance or seeking care,” complains Bridgette Dunlap, a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights at Fordham Law School and the president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Dunlap writes:

The university's position seems to be "What do you expect this is a Catholic school?" Well, I knew I went to a Catholic school, but I didn't know I went to that kind of Catholic school. And, other students don’t know about the Catholic aversion to birth control or don’t expect it to affect health care for a religiously-diverse student population …

The law school student body and faculty have been extremely supportive; they are grateful and proud of our efforts. Students have shared their stories with us of how the university's practices have affected their lives and health and an important conversation has begun on campus. And, the university seems to be taking our concerns a bit more seriously since we decided to take matters into our own hands.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s projects “include brownbags with reproductive rights activists, an ongoing escort program in partnership with Planned Parenthood of New York City, a research partnership with local pro-choice legal organizations, and internship opportunities,” according to its website.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Nov. 30, 2011 5:04 PM ET USA

    Planned Parenthood has a willing partner in Fordham University, which sanctioned this excuse for a student organization under its aegis. Another University which should have lost its Catholic designation years ago.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Nov. 30, 2011 4:42 PM ET USA

    Ms. Dunlap, have real courage. When you learned that Fordham actually has some Catholic policies, why didn't you stand up and say "I'll pay tuition elsewhere"! Leave, and set a policy that, rather than seek the spotlight by joining forces with Planned Parenthood, an org founded by a racist, you have the courage to sever ties with Catholic beliefs.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 30, 2011 12:33 PM ET USA

    "...the university's practices have affected their lives and health": and certainly for the better. No carcinogens mucking up the bodyworks; no hormones adversely affecting baby, mother, and public water supplies; no changing women's very biology for a life of fornication/simulated marital act; no abortifacients that make the women silent killers; no accompanying diseases for those who take on multiple "partners"; and no abortions for those babies who missed the edict against their conception...

  • Posted by: Hal - Nov. 30, 2011 11:06 AM ET USA

    Well,sure, a full frontal assault on Catholicism sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Is that suprising? I'm sure the Fordham response will be swift and forceful in its reaffirmation of Catholic teaching.(now returning sarcasm meter to "Normal" setting) Where is the Archbishop?