Cal­i­for­nia closer to mak­ing col­leges of­fer abor­tion drugs

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/state -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — A mea­sure that would make Cal­i­for­nia the first state to re­quire all pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties to of­fer abor­tion med­i­ca­tion at their cam­pus health cen­ters cleared a hur­dle Wed­nes­day.

None of the 34 Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia or Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity cam­puses cur­rently of­fer abor­tion ser­vices. The Cal­i­for­nia Assem­bly ap­proved the mea­sure, which re­turns to the Se­nate for a fi­nal sign-off.

Pri­vate donors have agreed to pay mil­lions of dol­lars in startup costs in­clud­ing ul­tra­sound ma­chines, staff train­ing and the cre­ation of a 24-hour hot­line for ques­tions and emer­gency re­fer­rals. Uni­ver­si­ties would be re­quired to of­fer the ser­vice by 2022.

Med­i­ca­tion that in­sti­gates an abor­tion can be ad­mi­nis- tered up to 10 weeks into a preg­nancy. One med­i­ca­tion is ad­min­is­tered in the clinic and a pa­tient is given a sec­ond drug to take later at home.

The med­i­ca­tions in­duce bleed­ing sim­i­lar to a mis­car­riage, ac­cord­ing to leg­isla­tive records.

Abor­tion rights ad­vo­cates say it can be dif­fi­cult and ex­pen­sive for women to seek abor­tions off cam­pus, and time is of the essence be­cause med­i­ca­tions can only be used early in a preg­nancy.

“To­day, Cal­i­for­nia took an­other his­toric step to­wards en­sur­ing that the stu­dents who have made the de­ci­sion to end a preg­nancy have the sup­port and re­sources they need,” Su­rina Khan, CEO of The Women’s Foun­da­tion of Cal­i­for­nia, said in a state­ment.

The anti-abor­tion group Stu­dents for Life called the vote a tragedy.

“Schools should be fo­cused on ed­u­cat­ing the next gen­er­a­tion, not en­sur­ing that it’s easy to end the lives of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent, Kris­tan Hawkins, said in a state­ment.

The state Se­nate has al­ready ap­proved the mea­sure but must sign off on changes made in the Assem­bly.

The Women’s Foun­da­tion and the Tara Foun­da­tion are among the donors that have pledged to cover startup costs.

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