New York Bill Would Mandate Free Abortions at All Colleges and Universities

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 6, 2019   |   11:11PM   |   Albany, New York

Following California’s lead, a New York bill would force public colleges and universities to provide free abortions to students on campus.

The legislation comes less than a year after the state passed a radical pro-abortion law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. The law drew massive national outrage for stripping away basically all protections for unborn babies and some for women, too.

CNY Central reports the new pro-abortion bill (Assembly Bill 8743) would require abortions to be provided up to 10 weeks of pregnancy at all State University of New York schools.

The legislation would create a new fund of private and taxpayer dollars to pay to provide abortions at student health centers on campuses. The sponsor is state Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, of the East Side of Manhattan.

Here’s more from the report:

According to the proposed law, the service would be provided by medical professionals on staff at student health centers or by a third party who has contracted with a university to provide such medical services.

The legislation is not pro-choice. It is pro-abortion. Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, executive director of Feminists Choosing Life of New York, told WROC News 8 that the bill does not provide any support to students who choose life for their unborn babies.

“What it doesn’t help finance are campus child care centers, any kind of desperately needed prenatal care,” Sterlace-Accorsi said. “These are the impediments that interfere with women’s ability to carry unplanned pregnancies to term, to choose life for their children and also have a career.”

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California lawmakers passed a similar law in October, ignoring strong opposition and serious concerns about students’ safety, liabilities and costs. New York and California have some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country and the most abortion facilities. In California, the average distance to an abortion facility from a college campus is only about 5 miles.

Many expressed concerns about the California law before it passed. The University of California and the California State University systems said they are not prepared to handle the immense costs of providing abortions on campus, according to CBS 13 Sacramento. They pointed to the costs of ultrasound machines, staff training, increased liabilities and more.

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, a pro-abortion Democrat, even vetoed a previous version of the bill because he said it was not necessary. He pointed to research by the authors of the bill showing that students already have easy access to abortion facilities across the state.

The abortion drugs that would be provided on campus are unsafe. According to the FDA, at least 24 women died along with their unborn babies after taking the abortion drug. Complications include heavy bleeding, infections and incomplete abortions that require surgery. The FDA documented at least 4,000 cases of serious complications, including more than 1,000 women who required hospitalization after taking the abortion drug.

Action: Contact New York Assembly members.