Students at the third oldest university in the country are participating in abortion insurance coverage without even knowing it.
Every student at Yale University is automatically enrolled in the school's student health insurance policy, and that policy covers elective abortions, according to The College Fix. Students cannot opt out of it even if they are opposed to the policy.
The word "abortion" appears nowhere in the student handbook, according to The Fix website.
The university provides "Basic Coverage" to all full and part-time students. According to the student insurance handbook, abortion is covered by the insurance policy.
A 2004 story in The Yale Daily News reported that under the health insurance plan "any female student is entitled to unlimited, free abortions."
University spokesperson Karen Peart told The College Fix that the policy "is one of a number of programs supported by Yale to enhance student life on campus. It is available to all students enrolled at least half time in a degree-granting program."
"There is no enrollment process other than matriculation at Yale and no individual charge for these services. Students may elect to use or not use any of the services available to them on campus, but there is no specific opt-out process," Peart said.
Yale was one of several schools across the country that were set to sell their students " emergency contraception" drugs via vending machines. Yale found out this would have violated Connecticut state law and had to abandon its plans to distribute the medications on its campus.
Founded in 1701, Yale University is a private university located in New Haven, Connecticut.