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North Carolina bishops blast abortion coverage in student health plan

Catholic World News - August 25, 2010

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte are urging North Carolina’s Catholics to oppose a decision by the University of North Carolina system to include abortion coverage in its student health insurance plan.

“It is deeply disturbing that a state-sponsored health insurance plan is providing coverage, and therefore funding, for the direct destruction of innocent human life,” the bishops said. “We call on the UNC Board of Governors to halt the requirement of students to underwrite those who support this unacceptable practice which seeks to end the life of the weak and defenseless.”

All university students are required to purchase the university’s health insurance plan unless they can prove they are covered by another provider. The bishops’ statement notes that “when questions were raised last week, university leaders responded by saying students may opt out of that portion of the plan which funds an abortion. However, the issue remains that even though pro-life students may opt out, the cost of the policy remains the same for them, in effect forcing pro-life students to participate in deliberately bringing death upon another student’s child.”

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