Wednesday, January 18, 2012

We got a website update!

We were disappointed to return from winter break and find the health center website had not been updated as promised.  However, today, we sought permission for the press to visit with us on campus and a few hours later the website was updated!  The updates contain some typos and inaccuracies suggesting the amendments may have been made in haste, but we will take what we can get! (for now)

A favorite revision is below.  We know what Q & A in the FAQs stand for.  But can someone help us with what "B" means?  What ever "B" signifies, the answer is quite defensive and evasive, not to mention a strange response to a seemingly innocuous question:

Q. Can I schedule a routine gynecological exam?A. Yes, you can schedule a women's health exam at the Health Center. Our experienced Nurse Practitioners will perform the exam, send lab work and offer counseling to you where appropriate. Remember, Fordham University is a Catholic and Jesuit University. As such, the physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff of the Health Center abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.  Those interested in these directives can read them, (You will leave this website.)

B. As an independent Catholic, Jesuit University, Fordham University is not, and cannot be neutral on moral questions such as abortion and contraceptive devices. The teachings of the Catholic Church on these issues have been clear and consistent. When issues arise that might not coincide with the University's position on these topics, we recognize the importance of upholding the principles of free expression and open inquiry. At the same time, the University has the equally important responsibility of maintaining a clear focus on its identity as an institution in the Catholic tradition, and the principles and values that serve as the foundation of that identity. We explain our policies to our students, with support and always without judgment. Health education is offered on sexual issues and practitioners are available to clarify concerns and misunderstandings. Referrals are made to the Counseling Center and other agencies in agreement with the University's philosophy. We also make referrals to facilities for confirmation of pregnancies but advise that the referrals are for medical confirmation only and not for treatments that would be contrary to the teachings of the church.
The University will explain its policies without judgment--but it cannot be neutral regarding the evil of contraception!!!

Also, why do medical professionals need to refer us out for "confirmation of pregnancies"?  Aren't health center staff qualified to diagnose pregnancy themselves?  Our cohort from ForhamHEALS suggested staff must be referring students to CVS or Rite Aid.

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