(WICHITA, Kan.) — A letter from Newman University to the White House. "I don't know if he's going to read it or not,” University President Noreen Carrocci said.
Carrocci sent her first letter ever to a U.S. president Monday. She's upset over the Obama administration's policy requiring church-affiliated employers to provide employees with contraceptives, the morning-after pill, and sterilization.
"We do not provide that in our health insurance,” Carrocci said.
That's because those services go against Catholic beliefs. Churches do not have to follow the healthcare requirement. But it applies to religious-affiliated institutions like charities, hospitals, and colleges.
"We think we have the right to decide what we do and don't provide,” Carrocci said.
Twenty-eight states require insurance coverage of birth control. Of those, 20 have exemptions for religious employers and insurers. Kansas is not one of the 28 states. Eight states have no exemption – so Catholic employers in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin must provide contraception coverage.