Last August, George Washington University agreed to cover birth-control pills and other prescription contraceptives in its student health plan after a female law student complained that the old plan amounted to sex discrimination.
Attorneys from Planned Parenthood, the National Women’s Law Center and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice championed the student’s complaint, and said they hoped to pressure colleges across the country, using litigation if necessary, to cover contraceptives in student health plans.
Such pressure is sure to be exerted on the country’s 238 Catholic colleges and universities, which do not provide condoms or contraceptives on their campuses since church doctrine condemns premarital sex.
Regardless of the fact that only 20% of college students rely solely on student health plans for insurance coverage, pro-choice groups are determined to push their way onto all college campuses and herald women’s reproductive rights as a matter of health.
Such strategy infuriates many.
“I think its outrageous for them to tell Catholic universities and colleges that they have to provide birth control on their campuses,” said J.T. Finn, publisher of LoveMatters.com, a pro-life newspaper and website promoting abstinence. “The church is opposed to that. The church has a responsibility [to uphold church doctrine] and should not be forced by some outside organization.”
Finn started LoveMatters.com over two years ago, bringing pro-life testimonies from celebrities, athletes and pageant titleholders into the homes and dorm rooms of teenagers and young adults across the country.
Of the 1 million copies that have been distributed so far, almost half of them were given out at high schools and college campuses like Harvard, UCLA, Loyola and Clemson. The remaining copies are given to parents, teachers, priests, chastity group workers, youth group and church leaders
The pro-life newspaper oftentimes appears as a paid insert in school newspapers and occasionally in student mailboxes. Recently, a group of students at Georgetown University distributed 5,000 copies of LoveMatters.com on their Washington D.C. campus.
Finn’s goal is to distribute 3 million copies this year.
“We found that it’s a huge success in opening students’ eyes to abortion, birth control and chastity,” said Finn, who estimates about 2,000 weekly visitors to the website. “We needa new media to break through the secular media, which hasn’t brought the truth to our students.”
If the student testimonies that flood Finn’s office are any indication, then LoveMatters.com is breaking through:
I am an 18 year-old female freshman at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and I am a virgin. There are so many pressures to have sex and 80% of my closest friends aren’t virgins. Last week, I was handed a copy of “Lovematters.com” and I thought it was just some lame advertisement. But, while sitting in my dorm, I read it cover to cover and I wish I could thank the man that handed it to me. I am so proud of myself for saving myself for marriage and reading the newspaper gave me so much support. I feel as though being a virgin is something to be ashamed [of], but your newspaper made me feel such pride, joy and happiness. I feel as though I have a special gift that nearly all of my friends have given away.”
A lot of people just don’t understand what we go through as teenagers and almost everything I needed to hear was there at your web site. Especially the secondary virginity page and the personal stories they really helped a lot. It all seemed to open my eyes and it dramatically boosted my confidence. Words cannot explain my appreciation of what you have put together. I just wanted to say thanks.”
I am 15 years oldI just wanted to let you know that your website has completely changed my life. My boyfriend and I were discussing having sex but thanks to you, I have decided to hold off until I am married. You may be thinking ‘oh what a dumb kidI don’t want to read this.’ But I just wanted to thank you and tell you how wonderful your website is.”
In all likelihood, Planned Parenthood will not stop. They will continue to blanket campuses with their messages of “safe sex” and abortion on demand, deluding students into thinking a student health plan that doesn’t cover contraceptives is far worse than any physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by having an abortion.
But neither will LoveMatters.com stop. They will continue to promote abstinence and healthy choices, encouraging students to save sex for marriage and avoid a lifetime of pain.