A a handful of public universities in states that have restricted abortion following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization continue to offer abortion in their student health insurance plans.
In the aftermath of the court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and ending federal protections for abortion, the legal landscape on abortion has varied substantially as state-level bans and restrictions have gone into effect or have been tied up in legal proceedings.
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On Tuesday, 100 days since the court’s landmark decision, President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Education will adopt new guidelines for universities as the White House reminded institutions they must not discriminate against students that seek out abortions.
In a Tuesday memo, Jennifer Klein, the director of the White House Gender Policy Council, said the new guidelines would reiterate that, under Title IX, “institutions protect their students from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, including pregnancy termination.”
For institutions in states that have either banned or restricted abortion, that could be difficult. But several public institutions in those states still cover abortion in their student health insurance plans contracted through private insurance companies.
Because the insurance plans at the various colleges and universities are provided by a private insurer, with premiums paid for directly by students, a student paying for the university’s healthcare plan will thus have their medical expenses covered through the insurance plan even if they leave the state in which their university is located.
Here’s a look at how certain public universities have handled abortion insurance coverage in states where the procedure has been restricted.
Two public universities in Ohio have student health insurance plans that cover elective abortions. The state is one of several to have enacted a