‘Increased use of the pill cuts down on the need to hire trained abortionists while at the same time expands the industry’s reach of where abortions can be performed…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) California could become the first state to require its public universities to offer students access to abortion pills at no cost.
The state Senate passed the bill, the College Student Right to Access Act, on Monday, which mandates that student health services clinics at all 34 public university campuses provide women access to “abortion by medication techniques” in early pregnancy, according to CBS News.
If it passes, the legislation would provide each campus medical center with $200,000 to pay for necessary training and equipment, and an additional $200,000 to set up a 24-hour hotline. These medical precautions, however, won’t be enough to aid women through the medical procedure, argued the Family Research Council.
The mandate disregards the safety and health of young women and creates unnecessary liability for all those involved, FRC said. Most college facilities aren’t sanitarily or medically equipped to handle the adverse outcomes of on-campus abortions, and it’s unlikely college health center staff will know what to do if the effects become too much.
“Bills like this attempt to reinforce the idea that abortion is health care,” wrote Patrina Mosley, FRC’s director of life, culture and women’s advocacy, in an analysis statement.
“Elective abortion—the taking of innocent unborn life—should never be considered health care,” Mosley said, “and if anything, this type of legislation only shows a reckless disregard for the health and safety of young women and presumes that education and motherhood are not compatible.”
According to Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers, an abortion pill blocks the pregnancy hormones that maintain the embryo and can only be used in very early stages of pregnancy.
Most drug manufacturers require the patient to make three visits to a medical clinic after taking the drug because “no medical supervision” is dangerous.
“Being alone (or at the least, without medical help), can put the woman in a frightening situation, leaving her with no one to ask if the amount of bleeding is normal or not,” the pregnancy center said. “One in 100 women require surgery to stop the bleeding after taking the abortion pill.”
Democrats in California have tried to push this bill through before.
It first appeared under former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed the bill and said the mandate was unnecessary because abortion facilities were readily accessible to college students nearby.
A study by the University of California, San Francisco showed that the “barrier” to the nearest abortion facilities for most public university students was between five to seven miles.
FRC said the abortion pill mandate is an “opportunity for the industry to cut costs while at the same time expanding their business.”
“The abortion industry’s strategy is to aggressively market the abortion pill because increased use of the pill cuts down on the need to hire trained abortionists while at the same time expands the industry’s reach of where abortions can be performed,” Mosley wrote.
California’s lawmakers, however, said the bill is about access.
“We’re going to expand access because that’s what we do in California: we lead,” state Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill’s primary sponsor, told CBS News. “If you don’t want to have an abortion, don’t have one. If you do, we live in the United States, where Roe v. Wade is the law and it’s our responsibility to ensure that access.”