University of Notre Dame Will No Longer Cover Student and Employee Birth Control 

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I’m actually a little surprised it took the University of Notre
Dame a whole three weeks to rescind birth control coverage for
its students, faculty, and staff after the Trump administration
officially
rolled back
the contraceptive mandate on October 6

The Catholic university was a vociferous critic of the
Obama-era mandate,
taking the issue
to the Seventh US Circuit of Appeals in
Chicago in 2015 (to the court’s general befuddlement). For
years, the Catholic institution complained that its religious
rights were being violated just because the school had to fill
out a form declaring its objection as a religious nonprofit to
covering brith control directly. Under Obama-era rules, once a
religious nonprofit opted out of providing birth control for
its employees, the insurers would cover it directly. Since
Trump’s roll-back of the mandate, third-party coverage is

no longer required
in such a scenario.

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Notre Dame will cease to cover contraceptives for employees on
December 31, while students, whose insurance deadlines are
dictated by the academic calendar, will be covered through
August 14, CNN
reports
. Vox
reports
that the university plan currently covers ninety
percent of employees and 3,020 undergraduate and graduate
students.

Notre Dame explained its “reasoning” in an email sent to
students on Friday: “The University of Notre Dame honors the
moral teachings of the Catholic Church. To comply with federal
law, Aetna Student Health has provided coverage, separate from
University coverage, for additional women’s health products or
procedures that the University objects to based on it religious
beliefs.”

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