The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 5, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Page: 1 of 16
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University of Dallas
October 4, 2011
Keefe: health care rules
defy Church teach ngs
President Thomas Keefe
urged U.S. Health and
Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius to allow
Catholic universities to opt out
of regulations that will require
them to enroll in health insurance
plans that cover sterilization and
In a letter dated Sept. 28, Keefe
petitioned Sebelius to broaden the
meaning of "religious employer" in
order to allow "nonprofit charitable
religious institutions" - such as the
University of Dallas - to be exempted
from HHS guidelines issued Aug. 1.
"Requiring the members of an
institution to pay for healthcare
which is contradictory to their
religious and moral principles is
an infringement upon the right to
religious freedom," Keefe said in a
press release Monday.
The recent HHS regulations
stem from the Affordable Care
Act, passed in March 2010, and
will require all health insurance
plans to cover "preventive" care for
women - including FDA-approved
contraceptives and sterilization
procedures - beginning on Aug. 1,
The new rules exempt "certain
religious employers" from offering
health insurance plans that cover
contraceptives, but UD does not fit
that category, according to Keefe.
"We would contract with a health
insurance company that would cover
see HEALTH CARE, page 6
George receives Aquinas
medal, delivers lecture
Princeton professor Robert
George said Sept. 29
in the Aquinas Lecture
that society can reach an
understanding of the dignity of
human beings that leads to respect
for human life in all of its stages,
even if not everyone believes in
Introducing George to a full
audience in Lynch Auditorium,
Dr. Philipp Rosemann, chair of the
philosophy department, called him
a "Catholic academic and scholar of
the highest order" and presented
him with the Aquinas Medal.
The medal is given each year
to a scholar whose work helps to
"ensure that St. Thomas [Aquinas']
work remains relevant in the
contemporary intellectual context."
Rosemann also explained that,
while the Aquinas Lecture usually
takes place closer to Aquinas' feast
day in January, this year's Aquinas
Lecture was postponed due to
After complimenting the
University of Dallas for the
"magnificent achievement of the
students and marvelous work of the
faculty," George launched into his
90-minute lecture entitled "Natural
Law, God, and Human Dignity."
George attempted to explain the
basics of natural law theory -
see GEORGE, page 4
Photo by Danny Sauer
The jail, this year known as "The Pit of Despair" in honor of "The Princess Bride"
theme, is a traditional part of Charity Week. However, students question the practices
surrounding this tradition. See page 14 for the full story.
Charity week benefits local
This year Charity Week is
staying close in heart and
mind to our University of
"We really wanted the funds
to stay local this year, and we also
wanted to stick to Christian charities
to avoid the controversies they've
had in past years," said Junior Tara
McCrorey, co-chair of Charity Week.
During a week marked by the
first glimmerings of fail and the
excitement and chaos of daily
Charity Week events, it's easy to
lose sight of the reason behind it al
Here's a look into what specifically
UD students are benefiting this
The White Rose Women's Shelter:
"The White Rose Women's Center
was a perfect match for the pro-life
movement which is so active on
our campus," McCrorey said. This
pro-life shelter counsels women
in light of their immediate and
long-term concerns of unplanned
pregnancy. The shelter speaks with
women regarding their choices,
providing frank information about
both abortion and adoption.
The WRWS also provides
alternatives to abortion, ultrasounds,
material and financial assistance
during pregnancy, parental
education, spiritual advice, and
referrals for prenatal care, adoption
choices, and post-abortion healing.
see ORGANIZATIONS, page 6
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Chee, Gabbi. The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 5, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 4, 2011, newspaper, October 4, 2011; Irving, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201551/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Dallas.