Press Release

Official Position of the HLGU Board of Trustees

Friday, February 17, 2012
by Pastor Terry M. Buster, Chairman, HLGU Board of Trustees

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 to 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 the 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.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations