University of San Francisco Trying to Dump Abortion Coverage for Staff, Too

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

University of San Francisco Trying to Dump Abortion Coverage for Staff, Too

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 16
, 2008

San Francisco, CA ( — The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit university that came under fire for including abortion coverage in its student health care plan, now says it is working to remove coverage for staff and employees, too. The Catholic college says the initial abortion coverage for students was a mistake.

After strong protests from the pro-life Catholic community led University of San Francisco (USF) officials to issue an explanation about the new student health plan it adopted, Gary McDonald, the director of Communications and Public Affairs, released a statement to saying, "It was not the University’s intention to offer this coverage."

McDonald also promised that, "USF supports the Catholic Church’s views on the sanctity of life, at all stages, and we will remove this provision from our student health plan."

Now, USF officials are going further after complaints that its health care plan for employees already covered abortions.

Our Sunday Visitor contributing editor Valerie Schmalz pressed the university on that issue and also on its health center referring students to abortion businesses.

McDonald told OSV that, "In light of recent inquiries, we are now aware that our protocol needs improvement. We are taking immediate steps to remedy this, and are in the process of developing a protocol to ensure that counseling and pro-life options are always provided at the USF clinic."

He also told the Catholic publication that the college is working on removing the provision in one of the two employee health plans that covers abortions.

"USF offers two options for employee health insurance, Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente. Our Blue Cross claims procedure excludes coverage for surgical abortion," he explained.

"When USF negotiated its contract with Kaiser, we were unable to opt out of the plan’s provision for termination of pregnancy," he added. "USF is in the process of working with Kaiser to see if the contract can be renegotiated and the provision eliminated."

ACTION: Contact USF and thank them for removing the pro-abortion student health care plan and urge them to continue eliminating abortion from its employee plans. Contact the school at University of San Francisco, Office of the President, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117, call (415) 422-6762, or email [email protected]. Find more contacts at

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