Northwestern University is handing out copies of a sexual health book, that pushes students to Planned Parenthood for both birth control and abortion. The book is sponsored by the school’s “Center for Awareness, Response, and Education”, which states its mission is “is to create a culture of healthy sexuality at Northwestern University where sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking are not tolerated.” But, students may not be getting accurate information, since the school claims that emergency contraception only prevent pregnancy, and never can induce an abortion.
The book describes the availability of emergency contraception, but claims it is not the same as the abortion pill. While Plan B and Ella are different than RU-486 in when you take it, Plan B and Ella can still cause an abortion; in fact, this is one of the three ways they function (the other essentially prevent fertilization). While these can prevent pregnancy, they can also sometimes work as an abortifacient.
While some of the rest of the center’s work is definitely important, such as spreading awareness about consent, stalking, and sexual assault, it also pushes Planned Parenthood’s position on contraception–and often understand the abortive nature of some of the products. Students can acquire from the center, “Safer Sex Six Packs”, which, “contain four condoms, a packet of lubricant, and a mint or candy (which symbolizes that some students choose not to have sex) along with safer sex information.” But wait, there’s more! “In addition, a whole bunch of other supplies are provided including dental dams, internal condoms, flavored condoms, additional barrier methods, and more!”
But, what if the center is closed that day? No worries! Planned Parenthood is nearby, and easy to find thanks to this handy map the university publishes in the booklet. Planned Parenthood closed that day too? No problem; students at the elite university, with tuition and fees over $60,000 can also go to Scarleteen.com, a website for teens to ask questions about sex, and possibly designed by a 5th grade class who just learned about sex.
So what do you get for your $60,000 a year at Northwestern? First, a book with a map, which is all the rage with kids these days, to local Planned Parenthoods. Second, inaccurate information about how Plan B works, which makes you wonder how good their biology program is, and third, a link to a teen sex page, where you can questions like, “My boyfriend and I really love each other and have a lot in common, but while I’m incredibly sexual, he has little to no interest in sexuality. He’s the only person I’ve ever had sex with and because he’s not into all the kinks I am, I feel like I’m missing out. I also have never had an orgasm, neither from intercourse nor by my own hands…” and “Ok so I’m 15 and I’ve still never been kissed. Yes, yes I know this website is mostly focused on sex but I don’t have anyone else to talk about this with. I have had opportunities but I have just never really been head over heels for the guys I could have kissed. Am I being too picky? There is this guy who is my friend who has told me that he loved me.…“. Riveting information!