SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Senate passed legislation which would mandate universities in California to offer abortion medication in their on campus health centers.
The medication is referred to as medication abortions or the abortion pill.
Lawmakers in support of the bill say the proposed law comes during a time when women’s rights “are under attack” around the country.
The bill is called the “College Student Right to Access Act”. If it passes, it will be the first of its kind in the country, and University of California and Cal State campuses will be required to have abortion pills available in their health centers by January 2023.
All California public university campuses have on-campus student health centers, but none of these health centers currently provide abortion by medication techniques.
The legislation is estimated to cost about $7 million to fund between the years 2020 and 2023, and then the cost would decrease to about $3 million each year.