Santa Clara University faculty votes to reinstate abortion coverage

215 to 89

mission_gardens-1The following comes from a Dec. 18 posting on TownHall.com

In October, Santa Clara University President Rev. Michael Enge moved to eliminate elective abortion coverage sponsored by the Catholic college. The faculty senate followed suit with a resolution passed last week that declares Enge’s action “invalid” and indicates that the issue will be taken to the school’s Board of Trustees.

Professor Nancy C. Unger was a leader in the movement to undo the university head’s abortion coverage removal. She previously expressed her criticism on several grounds that ranged from the widely-accepted to the extreme, including that a unilateral decision goes against best higher education practices, that it is inappropriate given the language of Pope Francis, that employer-funded abortion is an essential component of religious freedom, and that a man should not make decisions on behalf of women:

Thus, many are surprised that the president made his decision so soon after Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, criticized the Church for its “obsession” with abortion and called for a “clear sense of priority: healing wounds and warming hearts.”

Santa Clara faculty and staff are not members of a Catholic parish. They are employees of a large corporation. Many fear that this denial of comprehensive abortion coverage is part of a wider effort to allow private employers to impose their religious beliefs on employees, denying a raft of health care services from abortion and contraception to vaccines. The decision came on the heels of a similar denial of coverage at Loyola Marymount University, also a Jesuit institution.

“Father knows best” is not a compelling argument here, especially when one man denies hundreds of women access to a procedure that he could never need. It’s also no principle on which to run a university.

It seems the Santa Clara University faculty agree with Professor Unger, as the resolution to invalidate Enge’s decision passed by a wide margin. The invalidation was just one of three parts of the proposal, and the resolution focused more on questions of procedure than of abortion itself. Inside Higher Ed reports:

All 627 faculty members were eligible to vote on the matter; voting ended last week. The section of the resolution to invalidate the new policy passed by a vote of 215 to 89. The section stating that the Senate would consider “further action” on the policy unless the Board of Trustees took action to reverse it passed by a vote of 202 to 102….

 

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  1. If the church focuses more on the cause of abortion , then, we would have less and less abortion…
    And what is the cause of abortion? …..man’s lack of responsibility for the child he procreated. If the man does not want his child, then, why did he procreate his child?

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      jenny,

      Don’t you believe that the woman has some responsibility to say NO?

      In some cases, the man trys to save his child and is rebuked by our so called Justice System in favor of the female who wants to kill his child!

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
      Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

  2. I don’t know what life experiences Pope Francis had in Argentina or now at the Vatican.
    I hope he understands that his statements as Pope (no matter how well intentioned) are being used to support sinful lifestyles all over the World.

    Murder of the innocent for the convenience of another is indeed a Mortal Sin.
    Sin put Jesus on the cross. We must never blur/confuse right from wrong
    or good from evil. We must never condone sin.
    Commandment of God: “Thou Shall Not Kill”. Jesus said we must Love our Neighbors (this includes the unborn).
    The government sponsored murder of approx. 1 MILLION innocent human beings each year in the USA is an abomination against God.

    CCC: ” 1759 An evil action cannot be justified by reference to a good intention (cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, Dec. praec. 6).
    The end does not justify the means.”

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Oscar,

      Our Lord also had quite a bit to say about those who cause and support scandal, and his statements have caused quite a bit of scandal. Almost all the heterdox speakers at next year’s REC are praising Pope Francis as if they believe a new day of freedom from true Catholicism (the one with the Dogmas and Teachings) has now dawned with his election. Let us pray that they are wrong, but the signs are not good.

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
      Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

  3. St. Christopher says:

    Why is this a surprise. Santa Clara is not a Catholic University, and should not be so recognized. Further, the local ordinary should at least make an appearance on such a vote. Where is he? Satan is having a very good year.

  4. Not to worry…PJ to the rescue!

  5. Mchicha Wacheza says:

    Jesuits are sick.

    • true true. I walked out on one Santa Clara professor (Jesuit) at last years Faith Formation Conference for Catechists :(

  6. Why is Prof. Unger so offended and upset by the loss insurance coverage for abortions? During her reproductive years, how many abortions is she likely to have? The cost of an abortion would not be in the same price range as heart surgery or an organ transplant. A university professor should be able to pay for the procedure herself. Or, to be equitable, shouldn’t the father of the about to be aborted baby pay half? Though I have no statistics to prove my point, I think most women in the U.S. never have an abortion.

    • really? well at least 55 million have had abortions.

      • retrospective says:

        No – that is the number of abortions, not the number of women who have had them. Many women are repeaters. As a side bar, in Russia, the average is eight (8) abortions per woman. We’ve a ways to go to reach that figure, but with the advent of gay marriage and the ultimate nadir of the traditional family in America nowhere yet in sight (constantly nudged downwards in part by the influence of Jesuit education), we may get there.

    • You are correct. 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some time in their lives. So 2/3 do not.

  7. “Father knows best” is not a compelling argument here, especially when one man denies hundreds of women access to a procedure that he could never need. It’s also no principle on which to run a university. = Spoken by another recipient of years of pastoral sensitivity. It sounds like Professor Nancy Unger does not really believe that Hell is an eternal imposition.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Catheriine,

      Why should she believe that Hell is an eternal imposition when many honored speakers at the REC teach that?

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
      Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

  8. Michael McDermott says:

    Note that these Gaystapo Thought Police are the ‘Gate-Keepers’ to Academentia, and it is not possible to Pass the Class, let alone Graduate – without Appeasing them with Mandatory Pandering by their disciples, er, uh, um… students.

    Who ‘We’ Put in charge of ‘Catholic’ Education is the Responsibility of the Church, which has been betrayed too often by Weak / Politically compromised Men and (a small -but extremely harmful group of Pederast Poseurs infiltrating the ranks) of what should be a Strong and Proud Priesthood of a Great Church

  9. Michael McDermott says:

    Santa Clara = Georgetown West – Both a Disgrace to the Catholic Faith
    Cardinal Newman Said:
    A Catholic school or college can lift its students to Heaven, quite literally! But let’s face it, some of what passes for Catholic education today is for the birds…or the chimps.

    As we reported this week, a law professor at St. Thomas University in Miami is asking a court to declare a chimpanzee an “autonomous legal person.” And a Fordham theologian thinks bringing pro-abortion Peter Singer to campus is healthy, but eating certain farm-raised animals violates God’s law. Are these the top concerns of Catholic professors today?

    We live in an age when the personhood of innocent babies is denied; marriage and family are threatened; and Jesus himself would not be “religious” enough for an exemption from federal law mandating insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception. Human dignity is under attack, and the culprits include Catholic university professors.

    For instance, there’s Georgetown University law professor Nina Pillard,

    who was confirmed yesterday to the D.C. Circuit Court (Using Harry Reid’s “nuclear Option” for Senate Control) after writing in a Georgetown journal that abortion rights are necessary to help “free women from historically routine conscription into maternity.”

    The Court until now has been a wall of protection for religious freedom, particularly against the National Labor Relations Board which is now asserting unconstitutional power over a fourth Catholic university.

    But enough of that—it’s Advent, a great time to remind ourselves that all begins and ends with Christ, no matter how dark things may seem. Jesus was born into an age darker than our own, and He is a light to the nations.

    http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicIsOurCore.aspx

  10. Michael McDermott says:

    Alumni of Catholic Colleges Encouraged to Organize, Promote Catholic Identity
    December 23, 2013, at 11:25 AM | By Matthew Archbold |

    The President of The Sycamore Trust, an organization committed to promoting the Catholic identity of the University of Notre Dame, said he would like to see other similar organizations rising up all across the country to protect and promote faithfulness at individual Catholic colleges and universities.

    - See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2815/Alumni-of-Catholic-Colleges-Encouraged-to-Organize-Promote-Catholic-Identity.aspx#sthash.G8AWZXYw.dpuf

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