Cardinal Dolan: ‘Plan B’ at Staten Island, NYC high schools is ‘tragic and misguided’

“Tragic and Misguided” is how Cardinal Timothy Dolan describes the city’s decision to make so-called “morning-after” pills available at Port Richmond High School and a dozen other high schools throughout the city.

Dolan, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been a leader in the fight against the Health and Human Services mandates requiring free contraceptive coverage for employees of nearly all health care plans, even those provided by religious institutions opposed to contraception.

“Abstinence before marriage is the only sure way to avoid pregnancy and disease, while also allowing minors to practice virtue and responsibility,” wrote Dolan,who was joined in the blog post by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn,

“The public schools would be better advised to promote what truly works rather than continuing to follow a failed experiment that will only lead to further problems for society and for young people.”

What he termed “powerful drugs” with “potentially serious side effects” will be available to students as young as age 14 without parental consent even though such permission is required for minors to get tattoos, and teens have been tossed from tanning beds due to long-term health risks.

“This policy of dispensing of powerful medicines to young women — without their parents’ knowledge and consent — is tragic and misguided,” Cardinal Dolan said. [more]