Action Alert!
Catholic World News

California government tells Catholic universities they must offer employees abortion coverage

August 25, 2014

In California, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown has informed officials at two Catholic universities that they are required to provide coverage for abortion in employees’ health-care insurance programs.

The University of Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount, which had excluded abortion from health-care programs, were informed by the Department of Managed Care that their policies were a violation of state law. The same law would apply to other religious institutions and non-profit organizations.

“Abortion is a basic health-care service,” said Michelle Rouillad, the director of the Department of Managed Care, in a letter to university officials. She said that the state constitution “prohibits health plans from discriminating against women who choose to terminate a pregnancy.”


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jplaunder1846 - Aug. 25, 2014 11:50 PM ET USA

    It will become necessary for a mass civil disobedience campaign to challenge these immoral laws that justify killing of the unborn child. Catholics, other Christians and others including non believers who see abortion as against the moral and natural law have to join forces to achieve this objective.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 25, 2014 4:36 PM ET USA

    Jesuit-"educated" Jerry Brown probably just figured that both Jesuit schools would go along with it (some of the faculty wanted it, too). Seems like part of their SCU and LMU's social action nonsense, doesn't it?