A new investigation by The College Fix found that the Catholic University of America is paying for unborn babies to be aborted in cases of rape or incest in its student healthcare plan.
According to the report, the Washington, D.C. school covers abortions in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life in its current student health insurance through Aetna. Its 2019-2020 plan included the same provision, but the school plan did not cover any “elective abortions” in its 2016-2017 plan, The Fix found.
The current plan states that abortions will be covered “when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or if it places the woman’s life in serious danger.” Aborting unborn babies in cases of rape or incest violates Catholic teachings about the sanctity of human life.
After The Fix published its investigation, a spokesperson for Catholic University of America said they were taking action immediately to fix the problem.
“We’ve asked Aetna to update the policy ASAP,” said Karno Lozoya, vice president of communications at the university.
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The university has a pro-life reputation. It challenged the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, contraception mandate, and it allows students to take the day off to attend the March for Life. Students from the university even led the pro-life march in 2016.
Stephanie Stone, a 2017 graduate who now works for Students for Life, said she was surprised by the investigation.
“It is surprising to me to hear about these exceptions in CUA’s healthcare coverage because I do believe the administration is pro-life from what I experienced at CUA. … [I]t is disappointing to hear about the exceptions in the coverage because that runs counter to Catholic teaching that all life is sacred and worth protecting,” she told The Fix.
Here’s more from the report:
The Fix asked how abortion coverage went unnoticed for three years and if anyone at the school is responsible for reviewing insurance policies on a regular basis but have yet to receive a response. …
The Fix reached out to Aetna through Twitter and Instagram to ask how a university could remove abortion coverage from its plans and if there is a legal requirement for CUA to cover abortions in case of rape or incest. The insurance company has not responded to two inquiries sent in the past month.
Other Christian universities also have been caught paying for abortions in their student health plans including Saint Xavier University in Chicago, the University of San Diego and the University of San Francisco.
For years, Students for Life, The Fix and others have been urging Christian colleges and universities to stop promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions, a violation of their faith.
In April, Students for Life released a report identifying 25 Christian universities that promote or work with the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood. Some described the abortion group as a “trusted resource” on their websites, others hosted events with Planned Parenthood or advertised internships for it.
As a result of the report, several universities did end their connections to Planned Parenthood.