Students for Life’s latest protest may have drawn some smiles from passers by but the reason for their toilet display is no laughing matter.
On Wednesday, students from the organization stood by a row of toilets to protest a California bill that would force public colleges and universities to provide abortion drugs to students.
“We wanted a display that was both attention-grabbing and conveyed the reality of RU-486 (an abortion drug),” regional coordinator Anna Arend told CBN News.
The students brought a toilet and 14 toilet seats to the University of California president’s office in Oakland on Wednesday as a symbol of the women who died using the dangerous drug.
“A toilet is no place for a woman to die and no place for a child to die,” Arend said.
State Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, a Democrat, would require California public universities and community colleges to provide abortions drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy at their student health centers. It also would require the taxpayer-funded schools to cover the cost of the abortions in their student health insurance plans. The pro-abortion mandate would go into effect in 2020.
Supporters of the legislation said they want to increase access to abortion, but 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 millions of unborn babies and dozens of women worldwide; 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.
If the bill passes, young women who take the drugs likely would abort their unborn babies on a dorm room toilet. If complications arise, many would have to travel off campus to a hospital, because most campus health centers are not open in the evening or on weekends.
Initially, the university systems opposed the bill because of safety concerns and liabilities; however, Students for Life said the group now has a neutral position on the pro-abortion legislation.
Here’s more from the student pro-life group:
Last week, students discussed the serious dangers that RU-486, the chemical abortion procedure, would bring to their campus with the Government Relations Director from the Office of the President. After the director acknowledged the students concerns but made no change in position, students proceeded to plan for a series of rallies, the first of which took place at the UC’s Oakland Office.
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They plan to hold a second protest next week.
If the bill becomes law, California would be the first state to force public universities to provide abortions to students. The legislation passed the California Senate in January.
California laws already are some of the most hostile to unborn babies in the world. Late-term, elective abortions are legal, 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 taxpayer-funded abortions to clients, though pregnancy centers are challenging the law.