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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pro-Life Faculty at Notre Dame Address University President Fr. John Jenkins

It's good to know that there are at least a few faculty members at Notre Dame who are challenging the university's abortion/contraception health coverage. Please pray that Fr. Jenkins attendance at the March so touched his heart that he will rescind the evil policy that the administration has put in place that allows the murder of babies, the attack on innocence, and the violation of parental rights. Please, Notre Dame alumni, write to the school and object to their very anti-Catholic behavior. It's hard to understand an ordained priest shaking his fist at God. One wonders what the underlying motivation is: money? power? blackmail? There must be more to the story considering the damage to Notre Dame's reputation by fighting for the exemption as a conscience issue and then immediately doing a 180 and voluntarily instituting the mandate. For more in-depth coverage of the scandals at Notre Dame visit the Sycamore Trust. And if you are currently a student at Notre Dame be sure to check out this site to see how you can get an authentic Catholic education at the school which is becoming increasingly challenging.

Open letter to Fr. John Jenkins

 | Thursday, January 18, 2018
To the Notre Dame community and the national pro-life movement:
Late last semester, the University of Notre Dame decided to continue its involvement in the distribution of abortifacients and contraceptives through the University’s health insurance plan, after there was no longer any legal necessity to do so. With the March for Life approaching, we, the Executive Board of the Notre Dame Chapter of University Faculty for Life (UFL), want to make clear that there are many Notre Dame faculty, staff and students who oppose these policies that facilitate the destruction of human life, and who are committed to the holistic teachings of the Church on the sanctity of all human life.
Therefore, below we make public a letter we delivered to Fr. Jenkins on Nov. 29, 2017 regarding the Notre Dame health insurance plan. Some of us met with Fr. Jenkins in December, and he listened respectfully to our concerns as well as the concerns of other faculty and staff present at the meeting. However, the problematic policies have not yet been corrected. We hope and pray that Fr. Jenkins and the Notre Dame Board of Trustees will soon restore life-affirming policies that are consistent with the Catholic mission of Notre Dame.
Executive Board
ND Chapter of UFL
Nov. 29, 2017
Dear Fr. Jenkins,
We write as the Executive Board of the Notre Dame Chapter of University Faculty for Life to seek clarification about several issues related to contraceptive coverage and Flexible Spending Accounts recently announced by the University.
As we related in our letter to you on Oct. 24, we were elated that Notre Dame was eligible for an exemption from the HHS mandate and that it could end its connection with the distribution of contraceptives and abortifacients. It came as a great shock to receive notice on Nov. 7 that Notre Dame employees would still have free access to these services, which are contrary to the Catholic Church’s understanding of human flourishing. What is more, University communications have left much unsaid and caused manifest confusion about the changes that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
We would like to meet with you to discuss these developments and to get clarification. The following are among the issues we would like to discuss:
  • The University asserted in court that “Notre Dame believes its participation in the U.S. Government Mandate would cause scandal and therefore Notre Dame cannot comply with the Mandate consistent with its religious beliefs.” Does the new arrangement with Meritain/OptumRx differ from the old arrangement? Are there features of the new arrangement that mitigate or eliminate the scandal caused by the old arrangement?
  • Based on phone calls with OptumRx, our understanding is that daughters of all ages are automatically enrolled in the contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, and that parents cannot close the accounts. Moreover, our understanding is that, once the girl turns 13, her parents cannot view her contraceptives account unless she grants them permission. Are these details true? (Update: After writing this letter, we were able to confirm that these details are true.)
  • In court filings, the University made several statements about the need to “avoid facilitation or affiliation with objectionable products” particularly because of “its mission as an educator of youth.” Are you concerned that the University’s witness to students is damaged by its decision to now voluntarily affiliate itself with objectionable products –– not only the University’s witness in regard to sexual morality, but also in regard to truthfulness and integrity?
  • In court filings, the University asserted that the insurance coverage required under the Mandate included “abortion-inducing products.” However, University statements about the new coverage do not mention abortion-inducing products. Have abortion-inducing products been removed from the new coverage? (Update: After writing this letter, we were able to confirm that abortion-inducing products are included in the coverage. The products covered are the same as those required under the HHS mandate.)
  • What entities are bearing the costs of the new coverage? Why would Meritain and OptumRx “advise that they will now continue to provide contraceptives to plan members at no charge,” as the University stated in a Nov. 7 askHR email? Meritain and OptumRX are two distinct companies. Is it a coincidence that, without any University prompting, both companies advised that they would continue covering contraceptives just days after the University announced that the coverage would not continue?
  • Will this year’s rule change for Flexible Spending Accounts allow Notre Dame employees to be reimbursed for sterilizations (male or female), abortifacients or contraceptives? Why was the wording in the plan document changed from that of prior years?
Please let us know whether it is possible to meet with you about these very important matters. If a meeting is not possible, we would appreciate written responses.
Yours in Notre Dame,
Executive Board
ND Chapter of UFL
Martijn Cremerspresident
Jeffrey Burksvice president
Madeline Bradleysecretary-treasurer
Gabriel Reynoldsexecutive board member
David Solomonexecutive board member
Jan. 16


Praypraypray said...

A pro-life Catholic Ob/Gyn told me that many more babies are killed via artificial birth control than by abortion. The last time I looked up the online Abortion Clock, which ticks off each aborted child’s life lost to abortion, there were 75 children killed in just 1 minute. 75 babies killed in 60 seconds! Since there are many more babies killed by artificial birth control, I wonder just how many babies are killed by artificial birth control!?! Those promoting or allowing artificial birth control will one day be held accountable for their part in the culture of death.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

You are absolutely right! The lie that contraception would reduce abortion has been displayed for years, but the lie keeps right on getting traction because of the complicity of the media and the pro-abortion politicians most of whom are Democrats. Contraception is also devastating to women's health. The explosion of breast cancer among younger women is closely related to the poisoning of women with the pill, IUDs, NORPLANT, etc. I had breast cancer in 1985 with NO risk factors. At that time, breast cancer was so unusual in pre-menopausal women that there were NO statistics about the efficacy of chemo. That's not true any more. Younger women who have abortions and use contraception are getting breast cancer earlier and in more virulent forms. Sin makes you sick. It also makes you stupid. Catholics who follow Church teaching (like the chosen people who avoided many food-related illnesses because of the dietary laws) is the healthiest way to live both physically and morally.