The University of San Francisco is run by the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order.
But its student health insurance plan covers a number of services that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, including abortion, abortifacient birth control, sterilization and sex-reassignment operations and hormones.
The 2021-2022 Student Health Plan is administered by Aetna. Numerous Catholic documents affirm the immorality of these services, including Humanae Vitae.
A review of the statement of benefits shows that the health insurance company covers 80 percent of the cost of abortion. The plan will also pay for “[s]urgical, hormone replacement therapy, and counseling treatment” which is under the section “gender reaffirming treatment.”
The Catholic university’s student plan will pay 100 percent of the cost for female students to get sterilized, which is also against Catholic teachings. Hormonal birth control, which can act as an abortifacient by preventing the implantation of a zygote, is also covered by the plan.
The University of San Francisco did not respond to two emailed requests for comment sent in the past week. The College Fix asked Kellie Samson, a media relations specialist at the university, if she could explain how the coverage of these services could be squared with Catholic teaching. The Fix asked if the faculty and staff health insurance plans covered these services, which would mean that the university itself likely subsidized part of the cost.
A review of the 2020-2021 health insurance plan shows that the Jesuit university covered these services last year, too….
Valerie Schmalz, the interim communications director who runs the pro-life office for the archdiocese, declined to comment on the issue….
The student insurance plan is not the only example of how the university promotes abortion. At least one of its leaders has ties to a facility that gives out abortion drugs.
Vice-Provost Julie Orio oversees student life activities at USF but has been on the board of Women’s Community Clinic, which hands out abortifacient birth control and the RU-486 abortion drugs.
She has worked at the Catholic university since 2012, according to her LinkedIn.
It does not list her as a board member at the Women’s Community Clinic and she is not currently listed on their list of trustees.
The above comes from an Aug. 10 story in the College Fix.