Obama intends to repeal a regulation that was "instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, [and] strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms" (FNC). "Federal law has long forbidden discrimination against health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions or provide referrals for them on religious or moral grounds. The Bush administration's rule adds a requirement that institutions that get federal money certify their compliance with laws protecting the rights of moral objectors. It was intended to block the flow of federal funds to hospitals and other institutions that ignore those rights" (FNC). However, the Obama administration is worried that the rule is "too vague and could prevent some professionals from offering a full range of services to their patients." A senior official said that, "'This policy of potentially allowing providers to refuse to provide contraception or family planning runs counter to the [Obama] administration's goal of reducing abortions and unwanted pregnancies'" (FNC).
I would like to point out that I went to the campus doctor the other day because I thought I had a touch of pneumonia (according to the doctor, in his infinite wisdom, I had acid reflux). I stepped into the exam room and lo and behold, there's an entire basket of condoms setting on the table! In regards to college students, I think the sexually active ones are covered. Contraception? Check. Of course, there's also a wholesome and fool-proof form of contraception. . . .
Rule Four of A D.I.'s Rules for Dating His Daughter clearly states: I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a "barrier method" of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.
Also, yet another commonly overlooked way to not get pregnant that requires no money or visits to the doctor: abstinence! Surprising, I know. I'm one of those "weird Christian virgins" the people on campus talk about. And those cute Christian guys who also happen to be virgins? According to many people who aren't virgins, they're homosexual (but they don't know it yet). Seriously?
I can recall sitting on the bus with my best friend one day Senior year on the way home from school. A group of freshmen (fourteen-ish) sitting nearby could not understand how some people made it to Senior year without having sex! My friend and I simply looked at each other and said, "It's not that difficult."
I really don't understand why everyone feels the need to run out and have sex. Everyone's not doing it, I promise. The prospect of STDs and other little surprises really doesn't thrill me all that much. Aside from health risks, there are also emotional risks. And if a woman and her partner are not emotionally and financially prepared to potentially handle the responsibilities of bringing a child into this world and raising him or her (it will cost about $180,000 to put a child born in 2009 through college), perhaps they should think twice about whether or not they really can't wait! Condoms aren't fool-proof (remember the scare Kenickie and Rizzo had?), and neither is the Pill.
It just takes a little will power. Or maybe a loving mom:
Today, I went to get a condom because my boyfriend and I were going to have sex for the first time. When I opened the drawer, I saw that every single condom had a Jesus pin stabbed through it, and a note on top of the box: "love mom." FML