Skip to comments.Cardinal Dolan Slams Giving Morning After Pills to 14-Year-Olds
Posted on 09/25/2012 2:08:24 PM PDT by NYer
Cardinal Dolan, the head of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of New York, is slamming a program that will give morning after pills to girls in NYC schools as young as 14-years-old.
The New York City Department of Education is furnishing morning-after pills and other birth control drugs to students at 13 city high schools and without parental permission. School nurses supplied with the drugs, which can cause a very early abortion, are dispensing Plan B and other oral or injectable birth control to girls as young as 14 without telling their parents unless the parents opt out of the program after receiving a school letter informing them of the new policy.
In a blog post titled, “Tragic and Misguided,” Dolan pans the idea.
The public schools of the City of New York have announced that they are providing so-called emergency contraception and long-term contraceptive injections to high school students as young as 14 years old. This policy of dispensing of powerful medicines to young women without their parents knowledge and consent is tragic and misguided.
Parents have the right and the responsibility to be the first and primary educators of their children. This plan usurps that role, and allows the public school system to substitute its beliefs and values for those of the parents. It also places minors at risk, because no school system can be expected to know all the pertinent health information about their son or daughter, and be able to properly judge what is in their best interests. Requiring parents to opt-out of the program is hardly adequate, either. In New York State in recent weeks, laudable legislation has been passed and signed into law requiring explicit consent from parents if a child wants to get a piercing or a tattoo. We now also have a law on the books banning minors from using tanning salons even if the parents consent, out of concern for possible long term health risks. And, for every other medical procedure, explicit, informed consent is required. But not when these powerful drugs with their potentially serious side effects are involved. Then we let these young teens do what they want, without a word to their parents.
“It’s not their brothers the females have to outrun but the cowardice of the mush-mouthed ministers who have abdicated their responsibility to keep their jobs”
You are partly right. The vast majority of these little girls are black that grew up in a fatherless home. The “mush-mouthed ministers” you are referring to are the black ministers that depend on free welfare handouts from the democratic party and most of them have had children out of wedlock. The “reverend” Jesse Jackson being the prime example.
Well at least we both agree on abortion. However Romney recently stated he supported abortion in cases of rape, incest, HEALTH and life of the mother. Health of the mother pretty much covers everything, morning sickness, headaches, and depression it is pretty much a code word for abortion on demand. I still do not understand why you would object to someone pointing out the evil of schools providing abortions to children.
It IS backwards if you think the parents’ opinions are important. The administrators of this program obviously think access to the drug is more important than parents’ knowledge/approval. They are using “Nudge” (ala Thaler and Cass Sunstein) tactics in their choice architecture. You must actively do something to opt out. Thus, the adminstrators preferred choice is for all children to have access to the abortificant (no action required by the parent).
Even the raghead terrorists from the middle east have figured out that they have nothing on the domestic apparatchiks from those places in terms of extortion of cash via the IRS and taking away our GOD given freedom.
Maybe Cardinal Dolan can invite the city personnel responsible for this to the Al Smith Dinner (unless they were already coming as Obama’s guest)...
You jest, but you don’t know how close to the truth and probability that is.
Read about some of the side effects these pills can cause and imagine if it were your daughter that took the pill because you were unaware of the program. Then imagine that your daughter becomes sterile due to the negative effects of taking this pill. Forget having grandchildren.
One other thing....I seem to recall reading that China wanted to provide those pills to the US. Just imagine how many kids might some day mysteriously become infertile/sterile after taking the morning after pills imported from China. Nice victory plan, eh?
Are we really THAT stupid? Of course we are. At least, our PC, leftist-run government is.
Really? Big Surprise......
Hey Cardinal, tell your flock to stop sending their children to the ungodly for education.
You jest, but you dont know how close to the truth and probability that is.
Actually, I was just using humor to state a truth. We do not know what these pills will do to the health of a teen. If aspirin can have effects that limit their distribution in a school, how can these powerful pills not have profound effects. Many decades ago, my mother was given a prescription when pregnant with my sister, for the best of intentions by her obstetrician. It affected my sister’s reproductive system! It affected the reproductive system of sons and daughters all over America until that drug was stopped.
The History of DES
DES: An early success and failure of medical science
Any while he's at it, don't support Obamacare in any form. The Catholic Church never seems to understand that they can't have Socialism on their terms. They want free healthcare for the poor but then are shocked when Obama adds abortion pills for 14 year olds to the list of what constitutes "free heathcare."
But will he vote Democrat, or will he say to fellow Catholics, maybe it`s time we stop spitting on Jesus??? Just sayin
Obamacare cares for our youts!
So....let’s get this straight...
You CAN’T let a kid in NYC have a Big Gulp soda from 7-Eleven because the chemicals in sodas this big are bad for him/her/it...
You CAN let a kid in NYC have a pill that has chemicals in it that actually KILLS a baby in the womb, and that’s OK.
Ok... Got it.
Liberals are truly demented and mentally ill.
How anyone who calls themselves Christian, Catholic, etc., can knowingly vote for Democrats or any other liberal pushing this crap is just mind boggling.
You’re voting for the Death Party, the party that sanctions the murder of infants...pretty much end of discussion.
” How anyone who calls themselves Christian, Catholic, etc., can knowingly vote for Democrats or any other liberal pushing this crap is just mind boggling.”
There was a thread yesterday stating that Notre Dame has invited Obama back to speak (BEFORE THE ELECTION)
I hope ND doesn’t forget to cover the crucifix for Obama like last time.
These people aren’t christians. Nothing like it.
“...Notre Dame has invited Obama back to speak (BEFORE THE ELECTION)...”
It is just absolutely mind-boggling that a University that calls itself Catholic brings this Marxist POS in to speak.
Where’s the Archbishop and Cardinal, and other officials stepping up to say “No thanks, Mr. Obama.”
F***ing cowards. Or worse, complicit accomplices.
Yep, after the Republicans decided that the birth control mandate in Obama-care was low hanging political fruit to nail Obama on by appearing to defend the Church beliefs, and it wasnt hurting him (Obama) as intended I noted here that the Catholic Church is an unreliable Ally to stick your neck out for. In other words it was not low hanging fruit.
Republicans can defend the Church on Monday and Tuesday they are slamming the same Republicans for hurting the poor.
With friends like them....
” It is just absolutely mind-boggling that a University that calls itself Catholic brings this Marxist POS in to speak.”
Obama has declared war on christians in general, and catholics in particular. I just read that the catholic vote is + 15 for Obama. Mind boggling doesn’t begin to describe this.
Have you ever heard of chastity and saving sexual acts until the marriage bed?
It’s what the Bible teaches. Are you not believing the Bible?
Sometimes, I really wish you’d stop making sense and being right...
But it’s more than that; it’s compromised, liberal Catholic officials, it’s parishes and diocese that don’t practice what they preach - or preach “the World” instead of “The Word”.
They have a duty and an obligation to provide a right road for their “flock” and fall down miserably on the job.
If were a Priest, I’d say it clearly; you can’t sit here and call yourself a Christian and vote for a party that includes the so-called “right” to murder an infant as a no-comprise part of their platform.
I’d take the consequences.
If half the congregation got up and walked out, then I’d say to those remaining “Now you know who your neighbors really are, and what they really believe in.”
I look at it sort of in the Sam Adams vein: If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
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