Pro-life student group protesting SB 320, abortion drugs on California college campuses

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According to Planned Parenthood the “abortion pill” uses two chemicals to end a pregnancy, causing symptoms quote similar to an early miscarriage. 

Proponents say it’s about access. Those against the bill say, it sends the wrong message to pregnant students, and in worst-case scenarios, could have colleges paying up.

More than 25,000 students at Fresno State, master’s student Bernadette Tasy is one of them.

She’s president of Fresno State Students for Life, a group opposing abortion and proposed-bill SB 320.

“It undermines women and tells them that they need abortion in order to be successful, and that they can’t be a good mother and a good student at the same time,” Tasy said.

The bill would require all public university student health centers to offer quote, “abortion by medication.” Also establishing a council and fund to train providers and pay for ultrasound machines.

Those for it, say they don’t know why the legislation is causing controversy at all.

“Abortion is legal,” Activist and Chair of the Madera County Democratic Central Committee Susan Rowe said. “It’s legal in this state, and access to affordable healthcare services for women, that covers that, it’s part of it.”

John Gerardi with Right to Life of Central California says, it’s not about access. Gerardi says his organization found on average, state colleges are usually only five miles or so, from an abortion clinic.

“Now we’re talking about state employees, being directly involved in abortions itself,” Gerardi said.

Saying non-government groups like Planned Parenthood, which receive state and federal funding, will most likely pay into that fund.

“We don’t think that being pregnant on campus is a death sentence,” Gerardi said.

Proponents insist the bill will be privately funded. Saying women’s rights and healthcare rights, especially on the national level, are under attack.

“Healthcare’s a human right to me, everyone should have access to affordable healthcare,” Rowe said. “Everyone.” 

Tasy, who’s mother was a teen mom and successful parenting student, wants support, instead.

“She was able to get through this,” Tasy said. “And so we want other women to know that they can do it as well.”

The state senate will vote on that bill before the end of the month. It then goes to the assembly.

If passed, it would go into effect in 2022.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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