Two months after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to force colleges to provide abortions, pro-abortion lawmakers are trying to push it through again.
State Sen. Connie Leyva plans to re-introduce her radical pro-abortion bill Monday, the first day of the session, The Daily Californian reports. She said she hopes Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will support it.
The legislation would mandate that all public universities and community colleges provide free abortions drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy at their student health centers.
“California has always been a leader, and why shouldn’t we be a leader in women’s rights as well?” Leyva said. “We need to say to the rest of the country that we value women, we respect women, and they need to choose what to do with respect to their own body.”
Her bill is not pro-choice, though. It is pro-abortion. It pushes abortion on vulnerable students while providing no support whatsoever for pregnant students who want to parent their babies or make an adoption plan.
Access to abortion is not lacking in California. Even Gov. Brown, who supports abortion on demand, recognized this when he vetoed the bill Sept. 30.
“According to a study sponsored by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from five to seven miles, not an unreasonable distance,” Brown said in a statement. “Because the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus, this bill is not necessary.”
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Initially, California public colleges and universities also opposed the bill because of safety concerns and liabilities. Many pointed out that college health centers are not prepared to provide abortions. Ultrasounds are vitally important in determining an unborn baby’s gestational age and the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, which can be deadly if not detected, but college health centers typically do not have the expensive machines.
Most college health centers also are not open in the evenings or on weekends, so they would not be able to treat complications. According to the FDA, complications from the abortion drugs include excessive bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion requiring surgery and death of the woman.
Meanwhile, Students for Life of America and other pro-life groups have said college campuses are woefully lacking in support for parenting students.
Leyva’s re-introduction of the bill comes as no surprise. Earlier this fall, she told the Los Angeles Times she planned to re-introduce the legislation in 2019 when Brown no longer is in office. Gov.-elect Newsom said he would support the bill, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Abortion activists have said they hope the bill will become “a model across the country, for every state.”
California laws already are some of the most hostile to unborn babies in the world. Late-term, elective abortions are legal, and girls as young as 12 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 tried to force pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortions, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the law earlier this summer.