A California state Senate committee passed legislation Wednesday that would expand abortions by requiring state universities to provide abortion pills on campus.
The bill would require California public universities to provide non-surgical abortions at their student health centers. It also would require the taxpayer-funded universities to cover abortions in their student health insurance plans. The mandate would go into effect in 2020.
Several amendments to the bill passed Wednesday, according to the local news:
Amendments to Senate Bill 320 on Wednesday dropped the mandate from community colleges and gave universities a more cost-effective option of allowing outside providers to come to campus for the service, rather than providing the two-dose abortion medication at their student health centers.
State Sen. Connie Leyva, a Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, said the purpose is to increase access to abortion for college students in California.
Some student abortion activists have joined abortion groups to push the legislation. Adiba Khan, a junior at UC Berkeley, is one of the student leaders.
“I’m upset that abortion is so highly politicized,” Khan told the newspaper. “It’s not evil. It’s a good thing, and it should be easily accessible to anyone.”
Dr. Karen Meckstroth, a clinical professor at UC San Francisco who testified in support of the bill, said Tylenol and Viagra were riskier than this medication. Leyva said it had “serious adverse affects” in 0.05 percent of cases.
“The evidence is clear that medical abortion is 98 percent effective for early abortion and extremely safe,” Meckstroth said.
But questions remain about the cost of implementation, how much of the increase would be passed on to students, and the extent to which campuses are equipped to take it on. UC Berkeley officials have told students they would need to upgrade facilities and ramp up security, Khan said.
Despite what abortion activists claim, abortion pills can be very dangerous and even deadly to women as well as their unborn babies.
The abortion pills are responsible for the deaths of dozens of women worldwide, including several in the United States; and they have injured at least 1,100 women in the United States, as of 2006 figures from the FDA. A Planned Parenthood study admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pills daily.
Californians for Life, a coalition of pro-life groups in California, is urging pro-lifers to call Sen. Leyva’s office to “tell her that turning our college health centers into Medical-Pill-Abortion clinics is outrageous!”
“These pills will hurt our daughters and end the lives of our grandchildren by forcefully inducing a miscarriage up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, with hemorrhaging and delivery of the baby into the dorm room toilet,” the pro-life group said in an email.
Jonathan Keller, CEO of the California Family Council, said the bill is a dangerous government overreach.
“To my knowledge, no other state has gone so far as to try to require chemical abortion coverage on campus,” Keller told the Mercury.
“Not only will this bill destroy the lives of innocent children, but the chemical abortion medication being mandated has a notorious reputation for being very painful and traumatic,” Keller added in a statement. “These drugs are known for not just causing physical pain to the mother, but psychological anguish that could last a lifetime.”
College-age women already are the age group most likely to have abortions. College campuses tend not to be friendly toward pregnant and parenting students, and Leyva’s bill could push more young women to abort their unborn babies rather than provide much-needed support for parenting students and their children.
California laws already are some of the most hostile to unborn babies in the world. Late-term abortions are legal for any reason up until birth, and girls under age 18 can get an abortion without a parent’s knowledge or permission.
The state forces taxpayers to fund abortions through Medi-Cal, and allows non-doctors to perform abortions. It also forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise free and low-cost state-funded abortions to clients, though pregnancy centers are challenging the law.
The state does not report any abortion statistics to the Centers for Disease Control, making it difficult to tell how many abortions occur in California, how many women are injured by them and other relevant facts.
Action: Call Senator Leyva office at (916) 651-4020.