The San Francisco Chronicle this week focused on an ongoing situation where two private California Universities, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University, have moved to drop most abortion coverage from their employee health plans. While religious institution, each university employs more than 1,000 people of all religious backgrounds.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, ACLU Northern California, and other coalition partners are working together to urge Governor Brown and his administration to review the situation and ensure that abortion coverage is protected for all employees at these universities. California has a long history of supporting reproductive health access and we believe that employers should not dictate person private decisions.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California's Beth Parker is quoted in the recent SF Chronicle article,
"Termination of pregnancy obviously is a basic medical service," said Beth Parker, chief counsel for Planned Parenthood in California. "Abortion can be elective, but it's medically necessary if recommended by my physician to treat a medical condition."
Read the article: 2 California Catholic universities limit employees' abortion coverage to learn more about the situation!