Students at two top universities in the country, the University of Chicago and Harvard University are fighting to stop their dollars from subsidizing abortions.
At Harvard University, Harvard Right to Life, a group affiliated with Students for Life of America, is running an educational campaign to ensure students know that they can opt out of their student health insurance fees paying for abortions.
The Harvard Crimson reports, “Harvard Right to Life — a pro-life student organization at the College — ran a campaign this spring calling for students to request a refund for a small portion of Harvard University Health Services’ student insurance plan that goes toward funding abortions….Choi and Landry wrote that they believed students who pay the Student Health Fee should be able to request a refund if the fee funds abortions. Currently, students are eligible to request partial coverage up to $350 for terminations of pregnancy as long as they receive a referral for the procedure from HUHS, according to HUHS’s website.”
This was happening around the same time that a student government representative at the University of Chicago was taking on his university and the student body president of her support for abortion.
Brett Barbin made a public statement in support of preborn lives by sponsoring legislation to prevent student life fees from funding abortions. This happened after the incoming student body president wrote on social media, “Abortions are a good thing! The Emergency Fund supports and funds abortions proudly! If you need help paying for an abortion we are here for you!”
According to a copy of the legislation provided to us by Barbin, student fees would be prevented from funding abortions in almost all cases. Although the measure was defeated, this was still important that at a very pro-abortion campus, where abortions are actually committed on campus, a pro-life representative stood up for his beliefs.
Fighting back against criticism, Barbin wrote on Facebook, “Student Government makes careful decisions about how it chooses to spend its money. We can’t possibly fund every request we receive so we make tough calls about what would best enhance the experience for the greatest number of students. Sometimes we think that funding decisions should rely on more than past years’ precedent and should be standardized in code. My legislation was such a type of standardization that would have prohibited College Council from using Student Life Fees to pay for abortions with three exceptions. A member of SG raising an issue with the funding decisions of Student Government is not out of this world insane. These kinds of debates happen every week. This legislation did not break precedent from dozens of funding bills passed this year or in past years seeking to realign similar SG funding mechanisms….”
” I acknowledge that our campus is mostly pro-choice, but there are also students at this university who feel differently and have sincerely-held moral beliefs. For some on campus, they believe that abortion is murder. And their financing of any abortion would be complicity in homicide. This is a serious charge and one that can be arrived at by reasonable people. No student has ever sincerely told me that they would be willing to leave this school if any other use of their Student Life Fee continued. I believed the bill I had proposed was an appropriate compromise between those who do not want their Student Life Fees to go toward abortions and those who want an expansive definition of the Emergency Fund’s funding priorities….”
Of course, even if colleges may seem very pro-abortion, many students actually hold pro-life views. A recent survey of over 10,000 college students found that around 80% actually support pro-life views.
- 20% said that fetal abnormalities is a reason to keep abortion legal
- 23% said in the cases of rape
- 24% said when health is at risk
- 17% said in abusive relationships
- 14% said if the partner of the mother left during the pregnancy
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