My old college, Santa Clara University, has been having big debates over health care. You see, Santa Clara is a Catholic school, run by Jesuits. Last year, the Jesuits announced that they were getting a new health care plan. The new plan more closely follows Catholic teaching, and unlike the previous plan, it doesn't cover optional abortions.
My Facebook feed got messy when the plan was announced. Half of my friends shouted that women have a right to have abortions, no matter what. The other half shouted that abortion is murder, and it should never be allowed, no matter what. No compromise was reached.
The health care plan goes into effect next year. But this week, California Governor Jerry Brown stepped in and declared that all health care plans in California must cover abortions. No exceptions. So that makes the debate at my college null and void, more or less.
I wonder if the university will re-hire the staff members who quit their jobs in protest. Or if different staff members will now quit.