Bill to mandate public universities to offer chemical abortions passes California Senate

By Dave Andrusko

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Pro-abortionists are nothing if not persistent, especially in states which are prone to advance the culture of death in every way possible, including by compulsion.

Ten months ago we wrote a story under the headline, “Bill introduced to require publicly funded California colleges to provide abortion pills.”

And pro-abortion state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), the bill’s author, is back at it again, only this time the law (SB 320) that would require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing drugs such as RU-486 has passed the state Senate. The proposal still needs approval by the state Assembly.

“California would be the first state to require public universities to offer medication [chemical] abortion under legislation approved in the state Senate Monday, a bill that if signed into law would mark a vast expansion of a service that’s rare on college campuses,” the Associated Press’s Jonathan J. Cooper reported.

“Rare”? “None of the 34 University of California or California State University campuses currently offer abortion services at their health centers, instead referring students to outside providers,” Cooper explained.

Quoting a proponent, Cooper added, “A 2015 survey by the American College Health Association found that just one of the 139 schools that completed the survey offered medication abortion services on site, said Joanne Brown, chair of the organization’s Sexual Health Education and Clinical Care Coalition.”

Judging by what they told Cooper, officials from the California State University (CSU)are none too happy.

But CSU officials worry the mandate would impose severe costs for liability insurance, safety improvements, medical training and round-the-clock phone support for medical emergencies, said Toni Molle, a spokeswoman for the CSU chancellor’s office.

“Currently our CSU health centers offer basic health services, however, the administration of medications still requires a level of expertise that our health center staff may not have,” Molle said.

So who would fund the initial “implementation costs “? The Tara Foundation in San Francisco, according to the Associated Press,

which funds health and wellness programs for women, the Women’s Foundation of California and another donor have agreed to cover implementation costs estimated between $14 million and $20 million, Shaber said. She and Leyva declined to identify the other donor, saying the organization wished to remain anonymous.

As is always the one-sided way with pro-abortionists, the California Catholic Conference observed, “SB 320 also invites health centers to offer abortion counseling services to their students but is specifically written in such a way to exclude pro-life counseling” [www.cacatholic.org/sites/default/files/files/sb_320_advocacy_day_backgrounder_2017_-_respect_life_-_as_amended.pdf].