California lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would require every public university in the state to provide students with abortion pills on demand.
“Abortion care is a constitutional right,” begins SB 320, which would require every California “public university student health center to offer abortion by medication techniques.”
State Senator Connie Leyva, a former labor organizer, introduced the bill in February, and after a series of amendments, it passed the Senate Health Committee in April, but then languished for the remainder of the year with no further action.
After being further amended to broaden its scope, SB 320 passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday in a party line vote, and is now awaiting consideration by the Appropriations Committee.
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The current version of the bill gives all University of California and California State University student health centers until January 1, 2022 to offer “abortion by medication techniques,” which The Sacramento Bee describes as a medicinal cocktail of mifepristone and misoprostol, which induces an abortion resembling an early miscarriage.
In its opening section, SB 320 asserts that “it is central to the mission of...student health centers to minimize the negative impact of health concerns on students’ studies and to facilitate retention and graduation,” noting the there are “more than 400,000 students classified as female” enrolled in California’s public universities.
“The state has an interest in ensuring that every pregnant person in California who wants to have an abortion can obtain access to that care,” the bill declares. “When pregnant young people decide that abortion is the best option for them, having early, accessible care can help them stay on track to achieve their educational and other aspirational life plans.”
The bill reveals that no public university student health centers currently provide abortion by medication, which it calls “extremely safe, highly effective, and cost effective,” and bemoans the “hours of travel” that some students must undergo in order to procure an abortion.
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Despite professing that access to medicated aborti
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