Columbia: Give us back our coverage!
  • Petitioned Columbia University: Jeff Scott

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Vice President for Student and Administrative Services
Columbia University: Jeff Scott
Chief Administrator for CU Health
Thomas Palatucci
Dean of CC
James Valentini
Dean of Student Affairs for Columbia College / Columbia Engineering
Kevin Shollenberger

Columbia: Give us back our coverage!

    1. Zoe  Ridolfi-Starr
    2. Petition by

      Zoe Ridolfi-Starr

      san jose, CA

October 2012


From Petition Creator Zoe Ridolfi-Starr: "The Columbia University Democrats launched an activism campaign and secured for all students guaranteed coverage for abortion care, and other time-sensitive medical needs. In addition to continued internal negotiations with Columbia administrators, we used our petition, a website and info-graphic we created, and social media to rally support and build awareness. We got endorsements from local and national leaders, like Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and Editor and Publisher of "The Nation" Magazine Katrina vanden Huevel. We reached out to media sources like Jezebel, campus papers, and local media outlets; this coverage also helped us increase awareness and get more people involved. We rallied an alliance of campus groups and leaders to sign on to our statement, professors and alumni to write to or call the administration, and encouraged all others to do the same. We created a website as a central location for the campaign, which had our public statement, links to media coverage, and further information and sources for our claims, and a "take action" section, which included our petition widget, an 'email an administrator" link, and other information on how to get involved."

Columbia used to cover abortion care for all of us. But this year, they stripped a large majority of our student body of this coverage. Now, only students enrolled on the Columbia plan are guaranteed coverage. Most of us are not on this plan, and are now vulnerable and unprotected.  Where we once had a guarantee of safe, confidential protections, we now have a large and troubling gap--one that our University should be doing something about.

When faced with a difficult medical situation, we should be able to rely on our community here for support, like we once could.  Columbia, don't politicize student health, and don't make bureaucratic excuses: Provide financial protection and confidentiality for all students who seek medically necessary abortion.  Cover us, Columbia!

NOTE: If you are a Columbia or Barnard student, staff, or faculty, please include your UNI in the "Why is this important" section when you fill out the petition.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Taylor Breen FORT WORTH, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      Students may not feel comfortable approaching their parents about using their insurance for an abortion. If you reduce our coverage through health services you must reduce the charge!

    • Gaurav Jashnani BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Emma Sulkowicz NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm a woman!

    • Cassandra Munoz NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe I should have the option.

    • Laura Balekdjian UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The petition says it all.


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