The vice president for mission and ministry at Loyola Marymount University, Fr. Robert Caro, S.J., is citing the Jesuit university’s “institutional commitment to Roman Catholicism” in urging the administration to drop abortion from its health coverage.
In a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Loyolan, Fr. Caro writes, “Exclusion of abortion from our medical benefits does not infringe freedom of conscience, civil rights or anyone’s decision to have an abortion. It does mean that University funds would not be used to pay for elective abortions.”
The Board of Trustees will meet October 7th to discuss dropping coverage of abortion in the University’s employee insurance plan. But the administration has already agreed to continue covering contraceptives, including some which can act as an abortifacient.
Fr. Caro, in his argument for dropping coverage, quotes Pope John Paul II who said that the right to life is “the most basic and fundamental right and condition of all other personal rights.” He confirms that abortion has been condemned as evil back to the earliest centuries of Christianity.
Furthermore, he states that the Society of Jesus affirmed the Church’s teaching in its 2003 statement, “Standing for the Unborn.”
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