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Notre Dame ends free contraceptive coverage for employees

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is ending no-cost contraceptive coverage for employees and students.

The South Bend Tribune reports that an email sent by the Catholic university on Friday (Oct. 27) to faculty and staff shows that coverage will end for employees on Jan. 1. Students under the school’s insurance plan will be covered until Aug. 14.

The announcement follows President Trump’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act rule that requires employers to offer birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

Notre Dame previously offered coverage through a third party, which allowed the university to meet the requirement while maintaining its religious opposition to contraceptives.

The university’s medical plan will cover contraceptives if they’re used to treat a specific medical condition and not as a method to prevent pregnancy.


  1. This is a most unfortunate cynical ploy for donor dollars. It presents the central argument of contraceptive services in Obamacare – the employer is not involved, but everyone is entitled to access.

  2. No surprise, Catholic theology on birth control is clear. Those are the same standards for nuns using the Pill.

  3. Viagra doesn’t attempt to break the link between sex and procreation, so I’d imagine not. Though I can’t imagine why it should be covered at all, at least in state-mandated insurance coverage.

  4. So, I guess Notre Dame decided to come out as pro-abortion.

  5. So you are saying their employees are automatically bound by Catholic doctrine whether they are of the faith or not.

    Doesn’t say much for the school’s respect for the lives and privacy of their employees.

  6. “The announcement follows President Trump’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act rule.” Trump comes through again and again for Pope Francis (who congratulated the Little Sisters of the Poor on their lawsuit while in the U.S.) and the institutional Church in America.

  7. Yep. You know how it is: if someone’s against birth control, then they are for abortions. Lots, and lots, and lots of abortions. And women’s bodies are the battlefield–as well as the casualties–of this culture war. What a shameful decision, but not unexpected. I cheer myself by knowing that more and more people are awakening to what’s going on and are leaving religion behind in greater and greater numbers.

  8. You’re okay with zealots forcing their ideology onto people who do not share it? Wow, no wonder Christianity’s failing as fast and as hard as it is.

  9. No, I oppose zealots forcing their ideology onto people that don’t share it. That’s why I oppose those zealots that would impose their ideology on Notre Dame.

  10. I’m happy to stand corrected!

    I’m absolutely appalled at the way that Catholic leaders are forcing their regressive ideas on people. It’s very clear that they’re aware of how few people cooperate with their rules. Organized criminals who shelter pedophiles have no room whatsoever to tell anybody how to live their lives, much less to dictate from on high what’s moral. At least it’ll hasten their eventual disintegration as a force of power. At the end it’ll just be a little circle of confused old men in robes muttering to each other about the good ole days. That’s something to look forward to.

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