Medical abortion pills could soon be given out on college campuses

Eyewitness News This Morning

A controversial state bill is proposing medical abortion at all college campuses in California.

That bill is being reintroduced to the state legislature tomorrow. 

SB-24 would bring medical abortion pills to public colleges, that includes those in Fresno, Merced, Madera and others. 

The bill is being reintroduced, there is no changes in the wording from the earlier version.

The only difference this time is the governor who has been an outspoken advocate of abortion rights. 
Those who support the bills said it’s about access for first-generation and low-income students who may use health centers for primary care. 

“Abortion is healthcare, it is not separate from healthcare. We have to maybe technically call it a procedure at times, but it is just the dispensing of a pill to the students who need them,” said Sarah Hutchinson, Policy Director of Act for Woman and Girls. 

“A student health center is not supposed to do all things, it’s supposed to do a few limited things, and this is beyond the scope of what a student health center is supposed to do,” said John Gerardi with Right to Life of Central California. 

The bill does not provide for long term funding and it does not ban school money from being used. 

Those supporting the bill said, if passed, it would be privately funded. 

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