Philadelphia’s Big Decision
Thinking back over 2012, do you remember the wild claims that the Obama Administration was against “religious freedom”? A number of faith based organizations, most notably the Catholic Church cried foul over the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide health care insurance which contain full woman’s reproductive health coverage… read birth control.
These religious groups claimed their deeply held beliefs would be violated if they were forced to pay for birth control means. These same groups vehemently denounced abortion, but incredulously were against family planning and birth control. What were they thinking? Certainly not about the needs of women.
The Philadelphia School District has announced that in January following the year end school break, they will install condom dispensers in 22 of Philadelphia’s public high schools. OMG… Is this another assault on religious freedoms?
The school district explained that the 22 high schools selected already had unacceptably high rates of STD (sexually transmitted disease). Providing condoms was an act of public health, not a statement about birth control.
Time will tell whether this step will impact STD or the number of unwanted pregnancies. It is, however, a prudent step and a positive sign of common sense.