Sacramento, Calif., Apr 8, 2019 / 13:02 pm
A California Senate committee has passed a bill requiring student health clinics on college campuses to provide abortion pills.
Senate Bill 24 would require all public universities in the state to offer medication abortions on site, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Former Governor Jerry Brown, a public supporter of abortion, vetoed a similar bill last September, saying it was was “not necessary,” as abortion services are already “widely available” off campus.
The California State Senate Health Committee passed the bill by a 7-2 vote April 3. The bill will be referred to the State Senate’s Education Committee before going before the full Senate for a vote.
The bill would also create a fund to provide a $200,000 grant to each public university student health center to pay for the cost of offering abortion pills, with money coming from nonstate sources such as private sector entities and local and federal government agencies.
The bill would only take effect if $10.2 million in private funds are made available by Jan 1, 2020.
Student health centers at California’s public universities do not provide abortions, but they do offer contraception and provide referrals to abortion facilities. Many of these centers do distribute the “morning-after pill,” which can block fertilization or prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a uterus.
More than 500 women at public universities in California seek a medication abortion every month, according to KQED news.