Posted by 14 January 2019
Health centers at state universities may be required to offer medication that induces abortions under a bill filed in the California State Senate.
Sen. Connie Leyva’s legislation would mandate that health centers at all of the state’s universities must offer such a drug. She says that this bill is necessary to ensure that college students have access to abortion and are not deterred by distance or cost. Supporters of the legislation argue that in order for women to have the ability to exercise their reproductive rights, they should have easy access to this medication.
The legislature passed a similar bill last year, but Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it. In his veto message, he argued that abortion services in the state are prevalent, especially around universities. He said there was no need to mandate that schools offer abortion-inducing medication.
With a new governor in the state, it remains to be seen what the fate of such legislation will be this year.
Do you think that California should mandate that all public universities offer abortion-inducing drugs?