Legislation proposed in Sacramento would mandate that all public colleges and universities in California offer medication to induce abortions. No schools of higher education in the state currently offer that.
Last week the State Senate passed SB 320 ("College Student Right to Access Act") introduced by Senator Connie Leyva of Chino. "Many women do not find out they are pregnant until several weeks into their pregnancy, so on-campus access to medication abortion services before they reach ten weeks of pregnancy is vital," Leyva said after the 25-13 vote.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute contends that schools aren't prepared to handle students in crisis.
"This is really shortchanging the ability for young women in crisis to have the proper counseling from trained individuals so that they can make the right decision that's truly best for them – and hopefully best for their unborn," he adds.
Dacus says the abortion industry is eager to see lawmakers in Sacramento pass this bill that would expand the state's already liberal abortion laws.
"The abortion lobby in California sees the statistics. They realize that they're losing money [and] they're losing customers – and that's what they're all about," he states. "So we're not surprised that they're pushing through this legislation that so radically promotes abortion and abortifacients."
The first reading of the bill before the State Assembly occurred the day after the Senate vote. LifeNews also reports that, if passed, California would be the first state to force public universities to provide students with abortifacients. Groups supporting its passage include the ACLU, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.