University of Scranton, a Catholic university in Pennsylvania, to drop all abortion coverage

by Cheryl Wetzstein  |  published on February 23, 2015

A Pennsylvania Catholic university is making plans to drop all abortion coverage in its health insurance to be consistent with its faith.

Currently, the University of Scranton’s health care plans include coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother, the Rev. Kevin P. Quinn wrote to faculty and staff this month.

Although this coverage is limited, “it is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church,” he wrote.

“Considerable deliberation and research has made clear to me that because the University is self insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage,” Mr. Quinn said in his Feb. 10 letter.

“[F]idelity to our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution is the abiding theme of our history, regardless of the times and trials,” he wrote.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the University of Scranton’s faculty affairs council must weigh in on the proposal.

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