A birth control coverage Xavier University provided for its employees for years is suddenly yanked, for inexplicable reasons:
The controversy prompted Xavier President Michael Graham, a Jesuit priest, to review the health insurance plan offered to the university’s 935 employees. Graham announced this week in a letter to the faculty that the plan will cease to cover contraception on July 1.
Some faculty members who relied on the coverage said they were surprised and upset at the sudden end to benefits, which could raise their out-of-pocket costs for contraception by hundreds of dollars a year.
“It hadn’t occurred to me that this would ever be an issue,” said Tina Davlin-Pater, an associate professor in the department of sports studies.
Davlin-Pater, an athletic trainer who is not Catholic, said she viewed the denial of birth control coverage as an indication that “it’s still OK to discriminate against women in today’s world.
Well, not inexplicable reasons. As Atrios observes,
Obviously this is an incredibly principled move based on deeply held religious beliefs that they discovered about 5 weeks ago.
Heh indeedy. Or, to be more precise:
Some on campus said they suspected Graham had come under intense pressure from the diocese, and perhaps from conservative donors as well, to publicly demonstrate Xavier’s fidelity to Catholic doctrine by cancelling the birth-control coverage.
As has been pointed out a thousands times already, what we really have here is the Catholic church using the United States government to enforce a doctrine it has been unable to get its followers to abide by on its own. And we just don’t do that here in America.
Keep it up, Catholics.