Pro-lifers: Bill endangers lives of female college students

Thursday, September 6, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

student health center entranceCountless female students attending public universities and colleges in California could be put in harm's way thanks to a bill passed last week by the state Assembly.

It wasn't even close. The vote in the Assembly was 52-25 on a measure that mandates that all UC and CSU campuses provide abortion-inducing drugs (RU-486) to students beginning January 1, 2022. The California Senate passed SB-320 earlier this year on a 25-13 vote.

Matt Lamb of Students for Life of America says SB-320 not only puts students at risk but schools as well.

Lamb

"Giving free abortion drugs to students and making it easily accessible would not only be dangerous obviously to human life but also dangerous to the school because the school has now taken on huge amounts of liability," Lamb explains. The legislation does not address the issue of potential liability.

The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Jerry Brown. In an op-ed for The Washington Times, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, says the governor "can protect the lives of women and their preborn children, the financial interests of students, and the conscience rights of healthcare workers" by vetoing SB-320. Right to Life of Central California also is urging the governor to do just that.

The legislation provides that the costs of the program will be covered by grant money – but Lamb says the figures just don't add up.

"This is all going to be going on in taxpayer-funded universities and taxpayer-funded facilities administered largely by taxpayer-funded school employees," he emphasizes. "The supporters of the bill said, No, this is all going to be fully funded – but the math just doesn't line up."

According to the bill's text, at least $9.6 million in private funds would need to be available by January 1, 2019, to begin program implementation – and the student health center at each public university would receive a grant of $200,000 to cover the cost of "medication abortion readiness." In addition, both the University of California and the California State University would receive a $200,000 grant to cover administration costs.

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