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March 29, 2013 3:20 PM We prefer that you deal with the much more troublesome ethical quandaries that arise by not using condoms

By Daniel Luzer

Boston College has apparently decided that students will no longer be allowed to provide condoms in dormitories. According to the Boston Globe:

BC officials sent a letter to students on March 15 demanding an end to student-run Safe Sites, a network of dorm rooms and other locations where free contraceptives and safe-sex information are available.

Condoms

The college says that if it discovers that Safe Sites continues to distribute condoms on campus “the matter would be referred to the student conduct office for disciplinary action by the university.”

Jack Dunn, a spokesman for BC, said in an e-mailed statement that the students know the public distribution of condoms violates the university’s policies and values.
“As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston ¬¨College is called to uphold,” Dunn wrote. “We ask our students to respect these commitments, particularly as they pertain to Catholic -social teaching on the sanctity of life.

This, of course, is true. The Catholic Church forbids contraception.

Then again, it also forbids premarital sex. This new condom distribution prohibition might be ethically consistent, but it still doesn’t make much sense from a student life perspective. Premarital sex is a sinful act anyway. Is it less sinful if condoms aren’t involved? [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer

Comments

  • publius bolonius on April 01, 2013 1:19 PM:

    No doubt a thriving condom underground will develop overnight, as is the way of all prohibitions, especially those relating to various pleasures enjoyed by humans. I think this strategy could best be described as 'pissing into the wind'.