Xavier University: Stop Blocking Birth Control
  • Petitioned Father Michael Graham

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Father Michael Graham

Xavier University: Stop Blocking Birth Control

    1. Petition by

      Cameron Tolle

      New York, NY

Xavier University's health insurance policy has always enabled women to access contraception and other basic healthcare necessities. Until now.

On April 2nd, Xavier University President Fr. Michael Graham announced that the University's health insurance policy will "no longer cover sterilizations and contraceptives," therefore leaving countless female faculty and staff unable to access basic healthcare under their current insurance plans.

Xavier has never before had a problem with allowing women to access contraception, despite opposing Catholic doctrine. And yet, when the national political dialogue persistently tramples on a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions, Xavier follows suit.

Xavier teaches its students to be "men and women for others," but Xavier's policy change is nothing more than playing politics with the lives and health of women.

Sign the petition now and urge Fr. Graham and the Xavier University Board of Trustees to live out the Jesuit mission of being men and women for others and not succumb to polarizing, politicized attacks on women.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gayle Murrain SPRINGFIELD, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Catholic Church,has always failed to understand that they cannot control the world and the people in it and that Their Church is a lie. Women, use contraceptive for more than just birth control; Just like they are receiving 2 billion dollar in taxpayer dollars and they don't pay taxes. It's time for them to start paying taxes if they are not going to provide the best health care for their female students.

    • Jacquelyn Rendall HOWELL, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      All women should have the right to access birth control. It is removing rights from us that we've already had for a while. Why? Why is this such an issue now? Women don't just take birth control to prevent pregnancy, but use it for other health reasons too. Why is it that men are allowed to have "unnatural things" such as viagra to help them have an erection, yet women cannot have the right to prevent an accident from happening?

    • Carrie Hughes WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm an alumna and am ashamed of the decision. Access to health care should not be sacrificed because of political pressure. I expect more out of my Alma Mater.

    • Joan Pittman ANDALUSIA, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Looks like yet another "religious judgement" forced upon women. Fr. Graham has no right to force his beliefs or any religious belief on any person. He should be removed from his current position. And they wonder why people are leaving the churches.

    • Marianna Fava ENDICOTT, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      These women are trying to get an education and keep their jobs, so stop trying to make Xavier into a baby factory! Forcing pregnancy and childbirth on women wrecks their lives and DOES NOT make good mothers. So why don't these women just abstain frtom sex? Because if they did, their husbands and boyfriends would go prowling around and might come home and infect them with AIDS and other diseases. GET REAL! Not everybody is capable of celibacy.


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