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Some Catholic colleges voluntarily cover contraceptive costs

February 17, 2012

During Congressional hearings on the HHS mandate, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland bolstered his argument in favor of the White House plan by saying that 20 Catholic colleges and universities already provide contraceptive coverage in student health-care plans.

Analyzing the list that Rep. Cummings supplied, the Cardinal Newman Society found that most of the schools on that list are required by state law to provide contraceptive coverage. In other words, those schools are already bound by the type of legislative mandate that is now being proposed on the federal level.

Several other Catholic schools (including Notre Dame, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and University of Dallas) allow for distribution of contraceptive drugs, but only when they are prescribed for treatment of a medical pathology—in other words, not for the purpose of contraception. So it is misleading to say that these schools cover contraception.

Still there were several Catholic institutions on Rep. Cummings’ list that do cover contraception, and are not required by law to do so. Prominent on that list were Georgetown University in Washington, DC; Loyola of New Orleans, and Dayton University in Ohio.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 19, 2012 12:27 PM ET USA

    Doesn’t it seem that, while the bishops are together at the national level, they fell asleep at the switch and forgot about their own state? Is it ignorance or neglect on the bishops’ part that many of the schools have independently chosen to ignore Church teachings? Of course, you have Dayton that thinks that contraception is a “disease!”

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Feb. 19, 2012 5:27 AM ET USA

    And these schools retain their Catholic 'identity' because........

  • Posted by: - Feb. 18, 2012 9:36 PM ET USA

    Simple ... they are NOT Catholic!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 17, 2012 4:32 PM ET USA

    And so once again we observe that the bishops' failure to control the institutions of the Church has real consequences.