California Legislator Pushes Bill to Force College Health Centers to Sell Abortion Pills

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 23, 2017   |   4:18PM   |   Sacramento, California

A California state lawmaker is working to expand abortions by forcing colleges to offer students abortion drugs on campus.

The Sacramento Bee reports California Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, a Democrat, would require California public universities and community colleges to provide non-surgical abortions at their student health centers. It also would require the taxpayer-funded schools to cover abortions in their student health insurance plans.

Leyva linked her bill to new federal legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood. The abortion chain performs more abortions than any other group in the U.S. and receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars annually.

Here’s more from the report:

Leyva said the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and reduce federal funding for reproductive care heightens the need for additional services on college campuses.

The new health care plan would reduce services for women to avert pregnancies, particularly in areas without other health care clinics or doctors who serve low-income patients, according to a review by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The American Health Care Act would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for providing any type of care to Medcaid patients. The bill also blocks the use of tax credits on insurance policies that cover abortion services, creating further hurdles for women seeking abortions. Existing law already prevents Planned Parenthood from spending federal dollars on abortion services.

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In California, the organization would lose $174 million in federal funding if Congress passes the new health plan in current form, said Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

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.

Earlier this month, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, proposed a bill to create pro-abortion license plates in honor of a late-term abortionist. The plates would display the message “California Trusts Women,” and proceeds from the sales of the license plates would go to abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

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.

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.