Bill Requiring Colleges to Provide Abortion Pills to Students Reintroduced in California After Being Vetoed
A bill mandating college health centers provide abortion pills to students has been reintroduced in the California Senate after being vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Brown previously struck down the bill in September.
The bill, The “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, was reintroduced on Monday by Democratic State Senator Connie Leyva. Following the midterms, there is a new governor-elect and a Democratic supermajority — so she hopes to now be able to push it through.
Leyva wrote in a statement that the bill “will ensure access to medication abortion services on California public university campuses for students who seek to terminate their pregnancy during the first ten weeks.”
The bill “will require that public universities with on-campus student health centers provide medication abortion on campus by January 1, 2023.”
“It is critically important that we reaffirm the constitutional right of college students to access abortion care without delay, and that should always include student health centers on public university campuses. Regardless of where they may live, all Californians should have access to the full range and choices of reproductive care services so that they can plan their futures and accomplish their goals. I am confident that the incoming Legislature will also approve SB 24 and that Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom will continue to stand strong in his support for a woman’s right to choose,” the statement continued.
According to a report from the Epoch Times, “the bill would require $10.3 million in private funding to provide a $200,000 grant to all public university health centers to pay for the cost of ‘medication abortion readiness.’ An extra $200,000 would go to the University of California and California State University for 24-hour telephone support for students who obtain the abortion medication.”