Brent Bozell To Eliminate ‘Evil’ Contraceptive, Abortion Services From MRC Staff Insurance Plan
1:00 pm, February 22nd | by Laura Donovan
Brent Bozell, political activist and founder and president of the right-leaning Media Research Center, intends to alter the employee insurance plan at MRC so it will no longer offer “contraceptive, sterilization and abortifacient services,” according to a staff-wide email Bozell sent, obtained by The Jane Dough.
In the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent healthcare mandate proposal, Bozell sent a memo to staffers stating that he was “horrified” to learn that his organization’s insurance policy, which is BlueCross, covers abortion services:
“[W]e are working to change our insurance policy so as not to have to comply with this administration’s disgusting mandate to provide contraceptive, sterilization and abortifacient services. In the course of looking into this I have learned our insurance policy provides abortion services. I cannot begin to tell you how horrified I am by that. I never would have approved this had I known. It is the taking of a human life. That will change.”
It will take some time to sort through the necessary paperwork and logistics of this policy change, Bozell wrote, but asked employees to refrain from using “contraception/abortifacient/abortion services” until then:
“In the meantime, I have a simple plea I make: Do not avail yourselves to these contraception/abortifacient/abortion services, not through the MRC. They are evil, and I am unequivocal about this. But I’m also unequivocal in saying I cannot, and will not demand or even ask you to agree with me if you feel otherwise. I cannot, and will not force you to comply with this request if you’re not so inclined.”
Whether employees have previously used these “evil” services won’t be used against them, Bozell wrote:
“I cannot and no one here will not ever review your personal records to see what you have or haven’t done. Period. This is a personal request, and nothing more. To not do this is to commit a mortal sin, I believe.”
Two former MRC workers told The Jane Dough that they had seen the email, and a current staffer said he had received the email — but that no one on staff seemed to give the proposed change much thought or concern.
“Nobody really said much about it; it wasn’t a big deal, and obviously that was [Bozell's] decision,” said the staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It doesn’t affect me at all because I’m a guy. I don’t have an issue with that. Our insurance is complicated and we cover a wide array of things and I don’t think [Bozell] was aware of that when we got it.”
The staffer also got the impression that Bozell’s intent wasn’t to smite contraceptive usage and abortion, but to let employees know that they should keep the company out of such affairs and do it on their own time.
Bozell did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Bozell’s email comes in the aftermath of ample nationwide discussion on birth control, abortion, and women’s health services. Though it’s really no surprise that the man behind an openly conservative outlet would oppose abortion, it’s somewhat startling that he’d lump contraceptives in the same category.