The following emails were sent to California Catholic on July 16 by Jim Hanink, long-time philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Good morning, Cal Cath Daily

Late last week I learned that Loyola Marymount University insurance policies, for faculty and staff, already cover sterilization and abortion.

Rebecca Chandler, Vice President for Human Resources, informs me that California law requires this for “fully insured policies.”

To the best of my knowledge, LMU has made no public acknowledgment of this matter, much less done anything to explain it in terms of the commitment to social justice.

Feel free to contact me on this matter.


Jim Hanink
Department of Philosophy
Loyola Marymount University


From: Chandler, Rebecca
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:11 AM
To: Hanink, James
Subject: LMU Group Health Plans

Dear Professor Hanink,

Follows is in response to our initial conversation –

LMU inquired of our health insurers about our ability to exclude coverage for elective abortions under the fully-insured PPO and HMO plan options.  In response, LMU was advised that the California Department of Insurance and the California Department of Managed Care will not allow California insurers to exclude such coverage from its fully insured contracts offered in California.   This response and the requirement to provide this coverage are consistent with advice obtained by other Jesuit universities in California.

We continue to confer with our health insurers and explore other options in an effort to determine if practical and effective alternatives exist or can be created.  At present, no such alternatives have been identified.

I am not aware of the “authority” upon which the California Department of Insurance and the California Department of Managed Care rely so I cannot include it here.  As I gain a better understanding of the two departments’ positions I will get back to you.  I will also research the Reta Trust.

Best – Rebecca


From: Hanink, James
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:46 AM
To: Chandler, Rebecca
Subject: RE: LMU Group Health Plans

Good morning, Rebecca Chandler

LMU needs to make the inquiries you mention below with the help of legal counsel. It won’t due simply to rely on what for-profit insurers say.

Of course, it is critical that such legal counsel understand and appreciate the mission of the University and its stated “institutional commitment to Roman Catholicism.”

It appears that LMU, at a time when religious freedom is at risk, has done nothing of a public nature to contest what amounts to an abortion mandate.


Jim Hanink


From: Hanink, James
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 2:17 PM
To: Chandler, Rebecca
Cc: Rothchild, Jonathan; Hellige, Joseph
Subject: FW: insurance question re: abortion
Importance: High

Good afternoon, Rebecca

Re: our ongoing conversation…. It seems that Thomas Aquinas College has a version of Blue Cross (Reta Trust). This policy does not cover abortion.

Unlike LMU or any Jesuit University, TAC has joined Catholic University of America in its legal suit against the HHS mandate.

Catholic social justice teaching, as can be readily documented, begins with the family, although LMU voices rarely address this fundamental point.

Something has gone badly wrong.