Students for Life of America University Health Care Study
In July 2010, Students for Life of America (SFLA) was informed that the University of NorthCarolina System, comprised of all sixteen state and college and universities, had a new mandateon health care coverage for the 2010-2011 school year. The UNC System required its students tohave health care and automatically enrolled students in a plan that covered elective abortions.Only after students personally waived the health care requirement by showing proof of creditablehealth care was the charge taken off. If proof of health care was not provided by a certain date,then the UNC System would automatically charge students’ accounts for the UNC Systemsponsored abortion health care plan.SFLA pressured the UNC System to stop automatically enrolling students in the plan thatcovered abortion. The UNC System eventually backtracked from previous statementsdisavowing abortion coverage in the plan and allowed students to opt-out of the abortioncoverage. They also stated that the money for the two plans (the abortion health care plan and thenon-abortion plan) would be kept separate, even though the two plans would be the same price.In addition to the unsolved problem of the automatic enrollment in the abortion health care plan,SFLA also discovered that taxpayer funds could be partially covering student abortions in NorthCarolina (see below for more details). A Member of Congress has inquired whether theDepartment of Education is aware of this fact and if there are any federal laws that affect studenthealth plans and federal grants. To date, the department of Education has failed to respond.After these discoveries at UNC, SFLA wanted to find out how many other top universities andcolleges in the United States also compel their students to enroll in health care plans that coverelective abortions.
Taxpayer Funded Abortions?
An issue of national significance is the possibility of taxpayer funding for student abortionsthrough Federal grants, such as Pell Grants. Federal grant money is directed to accreditedcolleges and universities from U.S. tax payers through the Federal Student Aid Program.Student eligibility for federal grants is determined by the difference in the student’s abilityto pay and the total “cost of attendance” for the school. This amount equals the student’seligibility for federal funds. As stated in many plans, the cost of their abortion health careplan is added to the student’s “cost of attendance” or student “fees” calculation. Thisincreases the student’s need for federal funds. Because of this increase in need, additionalfederal funds are directed to the student to help cover this increase in cost.This is usingfederal taxpayer money to pay for abortion health care, violating the Hyde Amendment.The Hyde Amendment strictly prohibits all federal funding of abortions and is placed in theAppropriations Act for Division D which includes: the Department of Labor, Health and