Boston College condom controversy: School gets support from D.C. universities

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A group of prominent Catholic universities from across the United States, including Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America in Washington, are supporting Boston College in their effort to stop a student group from distributing condoms on campus.

About two weeks ago, Boston College administrative officials sent a letter to Safe Sites, a dorm-room network at the Chestnut Hill, Mass. university, ordering them to stop providing free contraception to students.

The university says the distribution of condoms is a violation of the school's Roman Catholic values. An attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts says Boston College may be violating student rights, and the group is prepared to bring legal action.

The Boston Globe says that several affiliated schools, including Georgetown, Catholic, Notre Dame, Dayton and Providence, say their policy echoes those at Boston College in that they don't allow students to pass out condoms on school property.

"One of the teachings of our faith is that contraception is morally unacceptable," ­Victor Nakas, a spokesman for Catholic University, told the Globe. "Since condoms are a form of contraception, we do not permit their distribution on campus."


The Associated Press contributed to this report.