The California Senate passed a bill Monday that would encourage more young, vulnerable college students to abort their unborn babies.
If it becomes law, California would be the first state to force public universities to provide abortions to students.
State Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, a Democrat, would require California public universities and community colleges to provide abortions drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy at their student health centers. It also would require the taxpayer-funded schools to cover the cost of the abortions in their student health insurance plans. The pro-abortion mandate would go into effect in 2020.
“I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life,” Leyva said. “After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student.”
However, college-age women already are the age group most likely to have abortions, and campuses tend not to be friendly toward pregnant and parenting students. Leyva’s bill could push more young women to abort their unborn babies when what they really is better pregnancy and parenting support.
Officials with the California State Universities expressed concerns about the bill, according to the AP.
“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,” spokeswoman Toni Molle said.
Here’s more from the report:
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. A group of private donors,…