SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A controversy over abortion has led a faculty member at a Northern California university to resign from his position at the school's ethics center.
Stephen Diamond, an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University, announced Thursday in an e-mail that he is leaving his role as a scholar at the Catholic university's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Diamond's resignation follows an announcement by the university's president, Michael Engh, that the institution will stop providing health insurance coverage of elective abortions. Diamond and other faculty members say Engh made the decision unilaterally, and in his e-mail, Diamond says the ethics center had been acting as an arm of Engh's office.
Diamond told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/H2nTSt) that abortion questions should be resolved by a woman and her doctor.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com