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Ohio Catholic university ends student health plan


A Catholic university in eastern Ohio says it will drop student health insurance partly because of a new federal health-care rule requiring religious-affiliated institutions’ insurance plans to provide contraception coverage.

An official with Franciscan University in Steubenville said today that another reason for the decision was higher costs resulting from other provisions of the federal health-care overhaul.

The school’s vice president for advancement says the university, with 2,500 students, cannot include coverage of contraception services and products that are opposed by the Roman Catholic Church. [more]


AP via Columbus Dispatch



  1. Recovering Catholic says:

    The idea of students who are in the prime years of their exploding hormones and attractiveness NOT using contraception so as to avoid the possible necessity of an abortion is insane! So now the students will just get their contraception elsewhere and have no health insurance either!! Brilliant move!!

    • John says:

      Well if a student is true to their faith and understand that their fertility, sexuality, and intercourse are gifts from God and to be used in the correct fashion, then they don’t need birth control.
      If we don’t subjugate our passions, then they will control us and lead us away from God.

  2. Thomas Merton says:

    Let’s see…trust your catholic students to do the right thing and not use contraception or throw the baby out with the bath water, and deny health care to your students. This is why the church is viewed as anachronistic in it’s view of the common catholic. We went through this once with Hitler.

  3. irishsmile says:

    Good for Stubenville! This is about a state trying to dictate to the church. Smacks of a Communist state.

    • Tony says:

      I’d never send a kid of mine to a university that denies the child heath care. In this case I would hope my teaching would be enough that they wouldn’t seek an abortion or sex outside of marriage.

  4. Tom Mycals says:

    Franciscan University of Steubenville needs a heart overhaul. They have become so rabidly orthodox, they have misplaced their heart.

  5. Tony says:

    So 2,500 students are going to be denied health-care protection??????
    And this, to the administration is moral and just?

  6. Francis says:

    Isn”t that decision a bit premature? What’s the “real” reason behind their decision?


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