Xavier University Kicks Employees Off Contraception Coverage

April 5, 2012
By

The fallout from the Catholic Bishops’ crusade against contraception continues as Xavier University announced it was discontinuing birth-control insurance coverage for its employees effective July 1.

Debora Del Valle, spokesperson for Xavier clarified that the change pertains to employees and not students. Nevertheless it means a loss of benefits to potentially 950 faculty and staff.

Xavier University President Michael J. Graham said in a letter posted on the university’s website that the change was prompted by the Obama administration’s rule on contraception coverage. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover “preventative care” at no cost to the consumer and contraception is just one of the preventative care expansions.

Graham wrote that the compromise Obama advanced “is insufficient for a number of reasons, and it is likely that the constitutional issue of religious freedom at the heart of this controversy will be decided by the courts.” Graham concluded that, “absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures which the church opposes.”

So far the Catholic Bishops’ legal challenges to the contraception mandate have failed, but as they work their way through the court system we can expect to see more Catholic institutions like Xavier drop coverage for their employees.

Read more: Care2

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.

Follow The Feminist Wire

Arts & Culture

  • 3 poems by Amir Rabiyah amir

    Our Dangerous Sweetness “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” -Audre Lorde When I hear the news, another one of us has been killed my heart constricts, I clutch at my own heart, I reach with a frantic grief towards [...]

  • 2 poems by Margaree Little molly little

    BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  [...]

  • Two Poems by Erin Parks then and now

    By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how [...]