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BC Students for Sexual Health is working to improve Boston College students' access to sexual health education and resources. We are working to achieve the goals laid out by the undergraduate student referendum:


Boston College needs to improve its sexual health education and resources, including but not limited to:
    - affordable testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI)
    - prescription of birth control at Health Services
    - availability of condoms on campus


We, BC Students for Sexual Health, are a group of deeply concerned students who have come together informally in order to address issues of sexual health education and resources at Boston College.  We are not affiliated with any one individual organization, but rather are a coalition of students from different organizations and backgrounds on campus.  We are not radical in our pursuit of greater sexual health resources on campus, but rather are committed to pragmatically working with the university administration and campus groups in order to achieve our goals regarding student health at Boston College.


We acknowledge and respect BC's Jesuit Catholic identity - this is why we care so much about the health and well being of our community.  We have based all of our goals off the precedent of what other Jesuit Catholic universities are currently providing their students across America. Each part of our platform follows the precedent set by another Jesuit Catholic university, including but not limited to Georgetown, Loyola University- Chicago, Marquette, and the University of San Francisco (compare the universities).


As active members of the BC community, we are advocating for students' health. On of our main goals is access to contraception on campus, specifically condoms. We are not asking the university to fund condom distribution. We seek to implement a distribution method similar to Georgetown, where an unrecognized student organization has appointed captains in each dorm where it is widely known that condoms are available; the administration at Georgetown has chosen neither to condemn the group and its actions nor support it. At Boston College we believe we could implement a similar program successfully, utilizing community resources to secure condoms, without any cost to the university. Knowing that 2/3 of all STI cases occur in people under the age of 25 (Source: National Institutes of Health) and at least one half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be among those under the age of 25 (Source: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation), we are trying to protect the health of our community.


One of our other goals is for students to be able to obtain prescription of birth control at Health Services.  We would like to make note that the contraceptive pill has many medical purposes other than contraception.  As such, a system in which birth control is only available to students citing these medical issues would encourage duplicity on the part of students and in no way do we want to encourage lying to health professionals; therefore birth control must be made available for medical concerns and as contraception.


One issue that has not been properly addressed in campus discussions is access to emergency contraception.  Emergency contraception, otherwise known as Plan B, is not available at Health Services, not even to students who are survivors of rape and sexual assault.  Georgetown offers Plan B to its survivor students and it is imperative that Boston College does the same.  In a situation where a woman has been sexually assaulted, she deserves the right to maintain her health, both physical and emotional, and Plan B is a part of that.  It must also be noted that Plan B is not the abortion pill, but a method of contraception used in emergency situations. The use of Plan B is extremely time sensitive, hence the need for it to be readily accessible on campus - the most convenient place for a BC student.


By advocating for sexual health resources, we are following in the precedent of other Jesuit universities, which greater sexual health education and resources do not interfere with Jesuit ideals, as it is the responsibility of a Jesuit university to educate the whole person. As we stated previously, we are deeply committed to working with university administration, as well as other student groups on campus in order to achieve these goals. BC Students for Sexual Health is dedicated to protecting the health of Boston College students.



BC SSH Organizers, Spring 2009

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