California bill would require abortion pills at universities

April 20, 2017

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would require public universities in the state to make abortion pills available on campus. If adopted, California would become the first state in the country to mandate its public universities provide abortion medication. [Mercury News]

Abortion medication consists of two doses that a woman must take before she is 10 weeks pregnant. Currently, campus health centers tend to refer students to off-campus abortion clinics for such services.

Senate Bill 320, introduced by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), would also mandate University of California and California State University campuses offer abortion counseling. The bill easily passed the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday.

However, legislators amended SB 320 so that it no longer requires community colleges to provide abortion medication. Likewise, an amendment would give universities a more cost-effective option of allowing outside providers to come on campus to administer the service, rather than offering the medication through their student health centers.

The cost of implementing the proposal, including the amount that would be passed onto students, remains unclear.

UC Berkeley officials have told students they would need to upgrade facilities and ramp up security if the university is going to offer abortion medication on campus. Both the UC and CSU systems have yet to take a formal position on the legislation, but they have expressed concern.

“The administration of the medication still requires a level of expertise our health center staff may not have,” said Toni Molle, a spokeswoman for the CSU system.

Supporters of the bill, including women’s health groups, argue that forcing students to leave university campuses in order to terminate a pregnancy can cause needless emotional, education and financial problems.

SB 320 heads next to the Senate Education Committee.







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18 Comments

  1. sloweb says:

    If California Universities had readily dispensed abortion pills 50-60 years ago, the State would not be in the mess that it is in today.

    (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down
  2. paragon says:

    They should offer free IUDs on campus. That would solve the goal of preventing unwanted pregnancies AND abortions and would have a far lower cost to society.

    (3) 11 Total Votes - 7 up - 4 down
    • San Louie says:

      IUDs are abortifacients. They don’t prevent pregnancies. They terminate them — just like any other form of abortion.

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      • paragon says:

        Uh no, you are completely wrong. IUDs do not cause abortions. This is the kind of BS junk science spread by fringe nutjobs who are against all forms of birth control.

        IUDs (Intra Uterine Devices) prevents pregnancy by keeping a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm from meeting. With ParaGard IUDs, copper repels sperm, so they don’t have a chance to fertilize an egg. The hormone in Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta IUDs thickens the mucus in the cervix, and that keeps sperm from reaching the uterus.

        One of the many facts to show that IUDs don’t cause abortions is that on rare occasions, woman can and do get pregnant with an IUD and give birth to completely normal and healthy babies. If IUDs caused abortions, this would not be the case.

        Maybe you were thinking of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), which terrorists use to kill people?

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  3. Bert says:

    Agreed. Your parents should have considered that.

    (-1) 5 Total Votes - 2 up - 3 down
  4. Rich in MB says:

    The Dems on the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento REJECTED making Date Rape a Violent Felony Crime…do you see the Irony here folks?

    (7) 15 Total Votes - 11 up - 4 down
  5. copperhead says:

    Liberals will only be satisfied when government controls all aspects of our lives and there is no longer any personal responsibility. What a wonderful world that would be.

    (10) 26 Total Votes - 18 up - 8 down
  6. circlingthedrain says:

    Absolutely–no person should EVER consider behavior or morality–or delayed gratification–under any circumstances. They should never be accountable and responsible for the child they create–nor should they have to wait to experience the unpleasant regret and guilt that might accompany an abortion.

    In fact–PUT THEM IN BUBBLE GUM DISPENSERS!!! It is one big campus orgy! Woo-hoo!

    (9) 23 Total Votes - 16 up - 7 down
  7. only-when-i-do-this says:

    Getting pregnant is not an illness.

    (16) 28 Total Votes - 22 up - 6 down
  8. Pelican1 says:

    Is dispensing abortion pills REALLY the responsibility of the university system? What’s next, on campus abortion clinics?
    Aren’t the taxpayers taxed enough? Now we have to pay for the mistakes made entirely by the students? How absurd.
    Well;, there is a silver lining to this cloud of absurdity….at least it will help clean up the gene pool.

    (18) 28 Total Votes - 23 up - 5 down
    • kayaknut says:

      But for some as long as they can get more $$$$$$ for each additional child they will still be raising generations of assistance families

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    • circlingthedrain says:

      Cleaning up the gene pool of educated people? While families with 5 or 6 children are working hard as laborers and the children get no attention or a chance for an education? How does that all work?

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  9. Slosum says:

    Anyone ever consider not getting pregnant in the first place? I’m pretty sure there are a few ways.

    (11) 23 Total Votes - 17 up - 6 down
    • CentralcoastRN says:

      Yeah but now insurance companies want to deny or charge $$$$ for IUDs and birth control. My insurance charges $750 for an IUD. That gas $$ for a college kid.

      (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
    • SLOpoker says:

      Selling chastity belts at the bookstore?

      (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
    • Pelican1 says:

      Ahhh…and there in lies the irony. These kids are “supposed” to be smarter, more educated ones among the young. Yet they seem to lack the very foundation of knowledge such as critical thinking skills, personal accountability and a sense of right and wrong.
      It’s all about i instant gratification It feels good…lets do it now…it doesn’t feel so good..lets get rid of it now.

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