Friday, March 6, 2009

Mass. college prevents condom distribution

EASTON, Mass., March 5 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., says a student's attempt to distribute condoms was stopped due to school policy.

Stonehill spokesman Martin McGovern said since the school has a ban in place against on-campus distribution of birth control, senior Katie Freitas was stopped from offering her peers free condoms last month, The Boston Globe said Thursday.

"We're a private Catholic college," McGovern said Wednesday. "We make no secret of our religious affiliation and our belief system is fairly straightforward. We don't expect everyone on campus to agree with our beliefs but we would ask people, and students in particular, to respect them."

Freitas defended her decision to place boxes of condoms in student dormitories with the help of nearly 20 other students.

"Abstinence can be part of sex-ed and should be," Freitas, whose safe-sex effort ended when school administrators had the condoms collected, told the Globe. "But college students are going to have sex and they should be encouraged to have safe sex."

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