Abortion Pills at Campus Health Centers (VETOED)

WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO

SB 320 would require public universities to provide the abortion pill at on-campus health centers by Jan. 1, 2022. Funding for the first year would be provided by a private foundation. Sen. Connie Levya, a Democrat from Chino, carried the bill.

WHO SUPPORTS IT

The Women’s Foundation of California secured $20 million to fund the service. Advocates include the American Civil Liberties Union of California and American Academy of Pediatrics, California. Advocates note that access to abortion is part of reproductive health care, and argue that students, particularly those who are low-income and lacking transportation, should not have to go off-campus for a service that can be provided at a student clinic.

WHO’S OPPOSED

Students for Life of America argues that access isn’t a problem and the bill ignores the needs of students opposed to abortion. Some lawmakers opposed to the bill wonder what happens when the initial funding runs out.

WHY IT MATTERS

Women in their 20s received the majority of abortions in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advocates argue that without on-campus access to abortion, some women are being denied a constitutional right.

GOVERNOR’S DECISION

Vetoed by Governor Brown on September 3o, 2018.

From the governor’s veto message: “Because the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus, this bill is not necessary.”

—Elizabeth Castillo