“This afternoon, Students for Life of America (SFLA) received a response from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors. This is in reaction to SFLA’s grassroots campaign against the new forced student abortion health care policy at the University of North Carolina.
In response to this national controversy, the UNC System has announced that they will allow students opposed to abortion to “opt-out” of paying for abortion coverage. Go here to read the full statement.
Michael, this announcement shows the impact of our work. In the past 2 days, the UNC Board of Governors has received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls thanks to you. There have been multiple news articles written and radio shows hosted about our campaign.
It is because of you they are now changing their policy!
However, this is not a victory. The University of North Carolina System is still considering abortion to be “quality” heath care. And you and I both know that abortion is not health care neither for the preborn child or his mother.
Abortion should be removed from the UNC System completely!
In addition, Students for Life has identified another issue with this new policy that has yet to be addressed: Taxpayer Funded Abortion Coverage.
As you can see in the chart I have included above, we believe federal taxpayer money could be used to help pay for a UNC student’s abortion health care coverage. Let me explain this a little further:
- Federal grant money (money that doesn’t have to be paid back like Pell Grants) is directed to accredited colleges and universities from U.S. taxpayers through the Federal Student Aid Program.
- Student eligibility for federal grants is determined by the difference in the student’s ability to pay and the total “cost of attendance” for the school. This amount equals the student’s eligibility for federal funds.
- As stated by the UNC System, the cost of their abortion health care plan, if the student chooses to keep abortion in their plan, is added to the student’s “cost of attendance” calculation.
- This in turn, increases the student’s need for federal funds.
- Because of this increase in need, additional federal funds can be directed to the student in order to help cover this increase in cost.This, my friend, is using federal taxpayer money to pay for abortion health care.
I hope you are concerned as I am about the remaining abortion coverage in the UNC System student health care plan as well as the possibility that you and I may be funding these abortions.
If you haven’t already, please go to our No Abortion in Health Care Website and sign our petition and e-mail the Chairman of the North Carolina Board of Governors to express your outrage. If you have already signed our petition, please continue to check back with our website every day to getthe latest information about this effort and how you stay involved.
Thank you for continuing to stand with Students for Life in this fight.”