February 12, 2012
Reference: Dr. Terry M. Buster, Chairman, HLGU Board of Trustees
Official Position of the HLGU Board of Trustees
Hannibal, MO – Hannibal-LaGrange University participates in the group medical plan
of GuideStone Financial Resources. The plan is available to all eligible employees of HLGU
and their dependents. It is not available to students of Hannibal-LaGrange.
GuideStone’s group medical plan does not cover abortion, abortifacients, or emergency
contraceptives, procedures, services or medication that would yield similar results.
The health care reform mandated by the Obama administration contains contraception
coverage as part of those requirements. GuideStone’s group medical plan, as is the case with
most plans in the nation, could eventually be subject those contraceptive coverage requirements
unless appropriate religious accommodations are granted. GuideStone does not and will not
provide abortive contraceptives.
Hannibal-LaGrange University is in total opposition to the Obama Administration’s
mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives, including ones that can cause
abortions. We believe that this decision to require schools like Hannibal-LaGrange University to
provide to its employees medical coverage which covers abortion-inducing contraceptives is an
affront to our religious liberties. We strongly oppose any Governmental edict that infringes on
fundamentals of our beliefs.
At Hannibal-LaGrange University we firmly believe that God holds human life to be
sacred. We strongly object to legislation that mandates providing abortion coverage (Plan B,
Ella, morning after pill, or RU-486) to our employees and their dependents.
We join our health care provider, GuideStone, in their effort to have this mandate
removed from our health plan.