The bill, SB320, has already been approved by the state Senate… now it’s being considered by the Assembly.
From the bill itself: “This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the availability of abortion by medication techniques at on-campus student health centers at public postsecondary educational institutions in the state.”
“The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2022, each public university student health center, as defined, to offer abortion by medication techniques. techniques only to the extent that private moneys are made available for funding, as specified.”
“The bill would require the Treasurer to administer the Medication Abortion Implementation Fund, which the bill would establish, and would continuously appropriate the moneys in that fund to the Treasurer for allocation for purposes of the bill, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would require the Treasurer to establish the Medication Abortion Implementation Advisory Council, with a designated membership, to develop the objectives and priorities of the fund, as specified.”
“I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life,” said Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, the bill’s author. “After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student.”
As reported by cbn news:
Regional coordinator Camille Rodriguez says students are appalled that the state would spend its limited education budget on funding abortion. “There are groups across the state that do not support this bill and so they are going and talking to their administrators,” she said, “they’re going and tabling outside their health centers to educate students on the bill.”
Other anti-abortion groups, like Californians for Life, point out that access shouldn’t be a problem for California college students, as the average distance from a Cal State or University of California campus to the nearest abortion clinic is less than 6 miles.
Rodriguez said even before this bill emerged, pro-life students were concerned about how campus health centers promoted it. “We have found that many times when a woman finds out that she’s pregnant on campus she doesn’t know where to turn and abortion is presented as the easiest solution,” she said.