In plain English: Those organizations no longer are compelled by the force of law to provide employees and students access to abortion and artificial forms of contraception.
Under the Obama administration, religious organizations and schools were granted an "accommodation" not an "exemption" from the mandate. Those organizations wouldn't pay for abortifacients and artificial forms of contraception directly and wouldn't list them in their healthcare plans. Instead, insurance carriers (or third-party administrator for self-insured plans) would provide the abortifacients and artificial forms of contraception free of charge.
Isn't that a very clever sleight of hand? The Pharisees would be green with envy! Identical outcome and process, but leaders of those organizations were provided cover. They could claim to be pro-life even though they knew full well the trains would arrive on time at Dachau.
But, no. That's not the case.
Consider the University of Notre Dame (UND). Its President, the Reverend John I. Jenkins, CSC, has yet to take advantage of the exemption offered by the Trump administration. Not noly that, Fr. Jenkins inexplicably has notified UND employees that once again, in 2018, free abortifacients and artificial forms of contraception will continue to be available. Nor has UND's Fr. President provided any any indication the University will take advantage of the exemption for its students.
This is what page 28 of UND's Open Enrollment Decision Guide states:
Notre Dame has certified that its group health plan qualifies for an accommodation with respect to…contraceptive services for women…This means your Notre Dame medical plan will not contract, arrange, pay, or refer for contraceptive coverage. Instead, Meritain Health will provide separate payments for contraceptive services that you use.
This isn't "Fake News" but "Fake Litigation" offering additional evidence of complicity in providing UND employees and students free access to abortion and artificial forms of contraception through UND's healthcare plan administrator and insurer.
This represents the paradigm of Catholic higher educational leadership to which all others should aspire?
Let the discussion begin...
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