Catholic university drops staff health coverage for "elective" abortions; offers separate plan

Unsubsidized plan will cost employees more money

LOS ANGELES - A Catholic university in Los Angeles is dropping staff health insurance coverage for so-called "elective" abortions and will instead offer employees a separate, unsubsidized plan to cover those procedures.
 
The move came after a unanimous vote by trustees at Loyola Marymount University.
 
Starting next year, LMU's principal health insurance will follow state law and cover contraception and "therapeutic abortions," those deemed medically necessary by a doctor.
 
The Los Angeles Times says the decision is seen as a compromise between traditionalists, who don't want the school to have anything to do with abortion, and those who say LMU should not impose religious doctrine on the large number of non-Catholics it enrolls and employs.
 
Officials say university employees will have to pay a slightly higher premium for an additional plan, managed by an outside party, which covers elective abortions.
 

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