By Dave Andrusko
Proving once again, never say never, on Sunday outgoing pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill mandating that all public universities in California carry abortion pills in student health centers beginning in 2022. His reasons had nothing to do with the ethics of abortion but rather that there was no need, as we have noted in prior stories [here and here].
“According to a study sponsored by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from five to seven miles, not an unreasonable distance,” Brown wrote in the veto letter. “Because the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus, this bill is not necessary.”
As the Mercury News explained,
To pay for the cost of implementation, the bill would have required $9.6 million in private funding to provide a $200,000 grant to all public universities. It also would have provided a $200,000 grant to both the University of California and California State University systems to provide 24-hour telephone patient support for abortion medication recipients.
There are 34 public campuses in the University of California and California State University systems.
The author of SB 320 vowed to reintroduce the measure next session. State Sen. Connie Leyva, (D-Chino) said that “a woman should always have the right to decide when she incorporates a family into her life.”
Opponents had seen SB 320 in a far different light. Their instinct is not to take the child’s life but to help the mother navigate an unplanned pregnancy at the same time she is attending school. According to the Daily Titan, the student newspaper at California State University, Fullerton
Students For Life’s new president, Cameron Brewer, opposes the bill. Brewer said that any campus health resources should be used to help women who are pregnant, need help with child care and give information about adoption.
“It’s (the pill) more traumatic for women. It’s way easier to access without thinking about it, and the side effects can be more severe. There should be more instruction on the adoption process,” said Brewer.
Naturally, in all the promotion for chemical abortifacients at student health centers not a syllable about complications, including deaths.
The latest FDA latest update tells us that as of December 31, 2017, at least 22 women have died.
Student health centers at public universities in California “do not offer abortions of any kind, instead referring women to off-campus clinics,” according to Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“UC [University of California] and CSU [California State University, a public university system in California] did not take a position on the bill, although both expressed concerns about the costs of implementing it.”