How will this vote change the ideological direction of the Catholic school going forward?
Today, Loyola Marymount University is voting on whether to remove elective abortions coverage from staff and faculty insurance plans. The vote represents a turning point in the history of the university, one that would change the ideological direction of the Catholic school going forward.
On the one hand, faculty and students who are religiously conservative want to see the campus to return to its Catholic roots and feel that the school has strayed from its religious foundation. On the other hand, critics of the vote fear that, if passed, it would end a period of openness on the campus, where non-Catholics have been welcomed and non-Catholic philosophies have been embraced.
Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy, Loyola Marymount University
Lily Khadjavi, professor of mathematics, Loyola Marymount University