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March 20, 2012

My Body, My Faith

Bridgette Dunlap, a law student who was raised Catholic, has questioned her faith since her school refused to give her a prescription for birth control. In November, she organized a clinic off the campus of Fordham University, which was founded by the Catholic Church, so she and other students could get access to birth control options.

In a written statement to The Story, Fordham University spokesman Bob Howe said that the school’s student insurance plan covers contraception, as is required by New York state law, and that students may receive their prescription off campus. He wrote that "students requesting birth control pills are reminded of our Catholic mission and told, tactfully, that the university doesn’t prescribe them."

Dick spoke with Bridgette about why she felt it necessary to organize the clinic.

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