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Don’t turn campus health centers into abortion clinics

A bill to require California public universities to provide the abortion pill through campus clinics now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.
A bill to require California public universities to provide the abortion pill through campus clinics now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. Star-Telegram file

Senate Bill 320 will require University of California and California State University campus student health centers to become abortion clinics by forcing them to distribute chemical abortion pills, intended to end human life as long as ten weeks into pregnancy.

Despite what the author of the bill suggests (“College students need easier access to abortion pill,” Viewpoints, Jan. 30), SB 320 only provides abortion, abortion and more abortion while ignoring the real needs of pregnant students.

 
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Lawmakers should think about women like Jessica, who I’m not fully identifying to protect her privacy. A student at Sacramento State, she was pregnant and in crisis. She had already experienced one abortion and didn’t want to go through that pain again, but she was scared. How could she finish her classes? Where would she live? How would she keep her job and pay her bills?

Fortunately, Students for Life gave her the resources and support she needed. Jessica graduated with her baby at her side and went on to earn her master’s degree.

Women are strong and empowered, capable of achieving our goals without abortion. Our Legislature prides itself on caring about women, but SB 320 does nothing to address the real needs of pregnant students, such as housing, child care, lactation stations, diaper changing tables, flexible exam schedules, counseling and pre-natal care.

There is already a medication abortion provider within six miles of every UC and CSU campus, on average. California abortion numbers are at a historic low. With declining demand for abortion, why force campus student health centers to become abortion clinics?

Chemical abortion, which causes a miscarriage, is especially painful and traumatic for women, sometimes lasting several days of heavy bleeding. Imagine this painful experience happening in a dorm late at night with no one to call for help.

Abortion disproportionately harms minority, low-income, and first-generation women. The state Assembly must stop this bill.

Wynette Sills is director of Californians for Life. She can be contacted at Wynette.Sills@gmail.com.

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