Xavier Drops Contraceptive Coverage!

Xavier University in Ohio, a Jesuit institution, has informed its employees  that the school’s health plan will stop covering contraceptives this summer, according to news reports.

“Obviously we’re delighted,” Dan Andriacco, Director of Communications of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told The Cardinal Newman Society. “We’ve been in extensive communication about this issue.”

The university president informed 950 staff and faculty that it will no longer cover birth control or sterilization procedures (except for non-contraceptive purposes) through its insurer, Humana.  The change would take effect July 1.

In a letter sent to employees Monday, President Fr. Michael Graham S.J., reportedly said, “As  a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded  that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to  cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes.”

Fr. Graham, who became president of the university in 2001, said he reviewed the university’s health care plans and reached  out to other Catholic colleges.

This comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s mandate that all insurers cover contraceptives, including abortifacients, as well as sterilization procedures.

Cover Photo credit: Flickr/elycefeliz

Matthew Archbold


Matthew Archbold is a contributing writer to Campus Notes and to National Catholic Register, as well as the co-founder of the popular website, Creative Minority Report.

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  • dlapointe34

    This is great news… but I can’t help but wonder why these services were in the healthcare plan to begin with?  Would this be happening right now if the HHS mandate wasn’t in the news?   I’m just saying…

  • CTW

    Diapointe34 —
    Let’s give Fr. Graham the benefit of the doubt — maybe he didn’t even know the insurance plan covered such things or it didn’t occur to him to check on it until the HHS mandate came through. Thank God for Fr. Graham’s response. 

    I wonder if the HHS mandate has awoken a sleeping giant…people of faith are not taking this mandate lying down.

  • Albertholder

    It is laudable that Fr. Graham has taken action to conform Xavier to Catholic teaching.  However, his statement quoted above includes a curious non sequitur: “absent a legal mandate”.  What can that possibly mean except that he will conform to Church teaching as long as there is no legal mandate to the contrary?  Perhaps, he just doesn’t realize what he wrote.

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  • Gspmith

    Hurray for you – God brings good out of all things!

  • Praise God is right! Amen!!!

  • Steve

    My hope is that many more Catholic institutions will follow the lead of Father Graham and effectively put a stop to this constitutional travesty.