This University’s Student Senate Just Approved a Bill to Bring an Abortion Clinic to Campus

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 22, 2016   |   7:08PM   |   Berkeley, California

The University of California Berkeley student government is pushing for an abortion clinic on campus, claiming that it will help female students to succeed.

On Wednesday, the student senate passed a bill, Resolution 69, urging UC Berkeley administrators to provide free abortions to students through the university health services, according to Campus Reform.

The student representatives argued that abortion is an essential “women’s health” service, especially for college-age women, the age group that has the most abortion, the report states. In the resolution, the students argued that female students are burdened by having to leave campus to have abortions, and that the campus should allow women to exercise their “right” by offering chemical abortions.

“When medication abortion is not available at UHS (University Health Services), students who are seeking an abortion face financial, time, and travel constraint burdens that create negative impacts on academic performance and mental health,” the bill states. “UHS is a health center dedicated to meeting the health needs of students in order for students to be able to upkeep their academic well-being. Abortion is a common health-care service and access to abortion is necessary and relevant in student life.”

Aanchal Chugh, who sponsored the resolution, told Campus Reform she does not think students should have to pay for abortions on campus either.

“The resolution does not expect students to pay for these services as I, and those who voted for it, believe that health is a right not a privilege,” she said. “The university should be providing this right to all students.”

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Chugh suggested that the money to pay for abortions on campus should be taken from administrator’s paychecks.

“I believe the University should reorganize funds from the administration’s paychecks to university health services. Many of the administrators at UC Berkeley receive more than generous paychecks while they continue to put student health on the backburner,” Chugh said. “This resolution is demanding that the university reconsider and reprioritize its funding. Instead of investing money into the administration’s paychecks, the university should be investing in students’ health and safety needs.”

The conservative news report also noted that because UC Berkeley is a public school, it would be likely that tax dollars would be used for abortions. Administrators have not yet indicated if they will act on the resolution.

In the 1980s, UC Berkeley did allow abortions at its health centers; but the abortions stopped when there were problems with finding a trained abortionist, according to the report.

Chugh stated in the resolution that the school’s health program currently has trained staff who can do medication abortions. In California, nurse practitioners, midwives and other non-doctors are allowed to perform dangerous medication abortions and first-trimester surgical abortions.

It is no secret that college-age women are the group having the most abortions in the U.S. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the nation, regularly targets college campuses to recruit volunteers, staff and clients. They also build many of their abortion facilities close to college campuses.

A push for more abortions is exactly what college campuses don’t need. Fortunately, Students for Life of America’s Pregnant on Campus initiative is working to offer pregnant college students resources other than abortion. The pro-life group works to provide material and emotional support so that pregnant students do not feel forced to choose between continuing their education or raising their child.