Pro-Life Students at Bowling Green University Protest Abortion Coverage

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 13, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 13, 2005

Bowling Green, OH ( — Students at Bowling Green University in Ohio have been protesting the fact that the student health insurance plans the college offers pay for abortions. They don’t want their money to be used to destroy unborn children and hurt women.

That may be changing soon.

The university is looking at the possibility of removing abortion coverage from next year’s mandatory student health insurance plan. The Health Services Advisory Committee looked into the idea after pro-life students complained.

Since they began considering it, more students have spoken out against it, according to a report in the BG News student newspaper.

The committee is waiting to get final information from 15 insurance companies Robin Sinn, associate professor at University Libraries and committee member, told the newspaper.

Glenn Egelman, director of the Student Health Center and consulting committee member, says the insurance plan last year paid for one abortion at a cost of $300.

“We’re looking at 10 cents per student,” Egelman told the BG News.

For the pro-life students however, even one abortion is too many, and Gina Tortorella, president of Falcons for Life, says the cost doesn’t matter.

"I think it’s more the principle of it. It doesn’t matter how much it is," she said.

"It seems they’re making abortion an easier choice," she said. Tortorella believes the coverage isn’t going to discourage students from possibly becoming pregnant but makes it easier for students to choose abortion once they’re pregnant.

Egelman warned that no decision has been made and that the committee is simply looking into whether to change the plan.