Notre Dame Is Dropping Birth Control Coverage For Students, Employees
The University of Notre Dame will no longer provide birth control coverage to students and employees, taking advantage of the Trump administration's decision to weaken the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate.
As Indiana Public Media notes, the Catholic university previously "made the coverage available through a third party service separate from the rest of its health insurance and attempted to sue for the right to not offer the coverage at all."
That lawsuit, against the Obama administration, was unsuccessful.
But last month, the Trump administration rolled back the requirement, allowing any company or nonprofit to refuse to cover contraception based on a moral or religious objection.
That policy change allowed Notre Dame to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in any form.
Notre Dame is the "first and most important employer publicly to take advantage" of the rollback, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The policy change will kick in for faculty and staff on Dec. 31, and for students on Aug. 14, 2018.
The ACLU has a lawsuit pending against the Trump administration's weakening of the contraceptive mandate. One of the plaintiffs in that case is a Notre Dame student who was anticipating the university would drop its contraceptive coverage, as Indiana Public Media reports:
In an email to faculty and staff, which the university shared with NPR, a spokesman wrote that the school "honors the moral teachings of the Catholic Church."
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