Uphold Jesuit, Catholic Identity of University Healthcare Plans
  • Petitioned Xavier University

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Xavier University

Uphold Jesuit, Catholic Identity of University Healthcare Plans

    1. Petition by

      Sadie Olson

On Monday, April 2, Father Michael Graham, SJ--the President of Xavier University--announced that the University would no longer allow sterilizations or contraceptives to be accessible through the University healthcare plan offered to employees.

He wrote:

"As a Catholic priest and as a president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that...it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes. Consequently, I have directed our Office of Human Resources to work with our insurance carrier, Humana, to no longer cover sterilizations and contraceptives, except for cases of medical necessity for non-contraceptive purposes, effective as of July 1, 2012."

This is a sensible and rational step by Father Michael Graham, SJ in his efforts to uphold Xavier's Jesuit and Catholic identity.

Sadly, many persons opposed to this decision have spread incorrect material regarding it.

In no way is the University forcing its religious beliefs on others.

Any employee at Xavier University--Catholic or not--has access to sterlilzations and birth control if they want it. Birth control and sterilizations are legal, accessible and affordable throughout the United States.

Also, any employee may obtain contraceptives for other medical purposes besides contraception through the University's insurance policy.

The decision to work for or to attend a private, religious institution must come with the realization that the institution's religious tenents will be foundational to its day-to-day decisions.

As a community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends, let's show Father Graham our support for his decision to uphold Xavier University's Jesuit and Catholic identity.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Great Progress

      Sadie Olson
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 700 signatures, but we are still working on showing support for Fr. Graham upholding the Jesuit, Catholic identity on Xavier University's campus. Please continue to share this petition with friends and family who support Fr. Graham's decision.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Tell your family and friends that...

      Sadie Olson
      Petition Organizer

      Tell your family and friends that if they are passionate about Xavier University upholding its Jesuit, Catholic identity that they ought to join us and sign this petition. Five hundred signatures is a great start, but we need so many more to show how strong we stand in solidarity with Father Graham for his decision to uphold Xavier's Jesuit and Catholic identity.

    5. As of 3:00 PM...

      Sadie Olson
      Petition Organizer

      As of 3:00 PM today, less than twenty-four hours into our campaign, 270 persons have signed this petiton. Please forward this along to friends and family, so that we can let Xavier University know that we stand in solidarity with them as they attempt to uphold their Jesuit and Catholic identity.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Adam Peter Conroy CO. KILDARE, IRELAND
      • over 2 years ago

      I am Catholic and I believe in freedom of religion.

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    • Michele Romito FLORENCE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      i support the Catholic belief that sterilization and contraceptives are against God's plan for mankind and wholeheartedly support Xavier University in their decision to adapt their healthcare to match their Catholic identity.

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    • Joan Stoltz WEST CHESTER, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I support the decision Fr. Graham is making.

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    • frank theuerkauf PQALM BEACH GARDENS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      It is the moral thing to do.

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    • Carol Braun CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      The fact there is this question - shows how far this UV has gone away from the Churches teachings! How very sad that is.

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