From Marquette Wire
Until last summer, the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center offered birth control and contraceptives to students, faculty and staff.
Operated by the College of Nursing, the clinic began to focus on women’s healthcare in 2011 and moved off campus in 2013. Heather Saucedo, formerly a case worker at MNHC, said students had taken advantage of the center’s services since it began as a primary care practice on campus in 2007.
Like the medical clinic, the center offered STI testing, men and women’s healthcare and other basic services. Unlike the medical clinic though, the university allowed the center to offer birth control to those who asked for it – though they could not advertise this service.
“It was a constant struggle, and we talked about it in every meeting,” Saucedo said. They were told that the subject was controversial and the goal was to respect Marquette’s Catholic roots. They could give birth control out, but few people knew.
We are not Catholic, and thus have no quarrel with birth control per se
. But we have a huge problem with an institution that calls itself Catholic giving out birth control. And we have an even larger problem with a supposedly Catholic university that claims not to provide birth control, but does so surreptitiously.
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