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UNC system to let students opt out of abortion coverage

Posted August 12, 2010

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— University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles instructed the health insurance carrier for thousands of students to give them the option of not having abortion coverage in their policies.

The UNC system this fall is requiring all students on its 16 university campuses to prove they have health coverage, and they can either use their parents' policies, a personal policy or a UNC-sponsored plan. The sponsored plan included an elective coverage for abortions, which sparked the ire of a group called Students for Life of America.

The organization complained that tax money was being used to fund abortions because the cost of the UNC-sponsored insurance could be factored into how much federal financial aid students could receive.

UNC officials said the abortion coverage had no impact in setting premiums for the sponsored insurance plan.

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  • ilovehill Aug 13, 2010

    lauraleigh I love how you think :)

  • ilovehill Aug 13, 2010

    Abortion is murder. Its disgusting how the far left is in favor of ripping a fetus limb from limb, but think its cruel and unusual to execute a convicted killer.

  • lewis13 Aug 13, 2010

    Why not decrease insurance cost for non-smokers and increase the cost for obese students? Let's really reward healthy people - put your money where your education is!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    They must be able to opt out of it. Gays and lesbians don't need it and shouldn't have to pay for it. LOL.

  • mrod1906 Aug 13, 2010

    This "solution" from the system is essentially a non-response. Bowles apparently thinks that those who believe in the right to life are too stupid to understand how insurance works.

    Any student that opts out of the abortion coverage is still directly contributing money to the elective abortions of their classmates. Each student pays their premium into a big risk pool. Out of this risk pool, claims are paid for all plan members. Including elective abortions.

    Allowing students to opt out for themselves basically changes nothing. Those who are morally opposed to abortion should be fully aware that, by enrolling on this plan in any way, they are contributing money to pay for elective abortions.

  • garychapelhill Aug 13, 2010

    the option to opt out of a coverage that they would never use in the first place? Don't you fundies have anything better to do than to waste our time and money imposing your religous dogma on everyone else?

  • lauraleigh Aug 13, 2010

    Mac1 - abortion isn't about politics. It's about morality. It's about believing the unborn are human beings with a unique identity and an inherent value. There is something terribly offensive on so many different levels about a college student's policy mandating,or even offering, coverage to kill an unborn child.....

  • Tax Man Aug 13, 2010

    Hey, it is a medical procedure and should be covered by insurance. The students must pay this on their own so it should be the student's choice. Not paid by government dollars - paid by student funds It does seem odd that if you opt out you don't get less premiums - like why should a guy have maternity/abortion coverage anyway?

  • sjjohnson1 Aug 13, 2010

    Yet my insurance will not pay for a yearly ob/gyn check up.

  • readme Aug 13, 2010

    I assume the health plan covers a lot of prenatal care, and I assume dependents will later be on the plan. In other words, I as a taxpayer and happy to fund abortions because it will save money in the long run.

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