By Dave Andrusko
Pro-abortion State Sen. Connie Leyva told The Daily Californian that she will reintroduce legislation on the first day of the state Senate’s session, mandating that all public universities in California carry abortion pills in student health centers.
There are 34 public campuses in the University of California and California State University systems.
As we reported back last year, on September 29, Gov. Jerry Brown surprised most everyone when he vetoed the bill. Even though he upset his pro-abortion allies, Brown’s reasoning was impeccable:
“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.”
According to The Daily Californian’s Boyce Buchanan, Leyva and Nuha Khalfay, External Affairs Vice President Associated Students of the University of California, both “hope” pro-abortion governor-elect Gavin Newsom will be more receptive. And understandably so. In an October 2, 2018, story appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Joe Garofoli wrote
He [Newsom] said he would have signed a bill to require public universities in California to offer abortion pills on campus. Brown vetoed the measure, saying such services are “widely available” to students at off-campus clinics.
“I would have supported that. I have long supported that,” Newsom said. “I subscribe to Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s position on that.”
According to reporter Buchanan, Leyva said about Brown’s veto that
“It’s extremely important to women’s health, it’s extremely important to woman’s choice, and for him, a man, to decide what women can do with their bodies was just very disappointing.”
“I felt that all women everywhere were disrespected with his veto message.”
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, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex [RU-486] since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.”
Needless to say, as is always the one-sided way with pro-abortionists, “SB 320 [last year’s bill] 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,” the California Catholic Conference observed.
Last year Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle reported
“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.”