Obama's Birth Control Controversy Sparks Religious Debate
Desiree Monteilh, a CSUN junior who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, has been taking birth control for a few years, starting before she turned 18. Birth control regulates her hormones so she can live more comfortably.
For women that take contraception for health reasons, or as their chosen form of birth control, President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act has made it accessible and affordable to all Americans regardless of their employer's religious beliefs. But many religious leaders and conservatives see this as an attack on the Constitution’s separation of church and state, and experts say the issue could have a big impact on November’s election.
“Ever since I was 13, I would have crucial cramps and horrible acne, and it was all related,” said Monteilh, kinesiology major. “Birth control doesn't only stop you from having babies; it helps with diseases.”
Community colleges take further budget cuts, all college students suffer
In February, the revised California budget projects were released showing that community colleges will take another$149 million reduction.
This was an unexpected cut and it has been nicknamed the “February surprise.” Further cuts took place because of the higher demand for student fee waivers and low property tax revenues and community colleges, likeMoorpark College, have had to scramble to find alternative ways to help transfer students stay on track.
“I think everyone is disappointed that we're having (budget cuts) but I think what we're doing is responding and trying to make improvements that will be good in the long run,” said Judi Gould, director of transfer at Moorpark College.
With all of the budget cuts in the past few years, theNational Center for Education Statisticsstated that is difficult for students in community colleges and public universities to complete college in four years. They also said that of CSUN graduates, like Amanda Dellentash, only 10 percent graduate in four years.