California Lawmaker’s Proposal Would Require Public Colleges to Provide Abortion Pills on Campus

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The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, is pictured in an abortion clinic February 17, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, is pictured in an abortion clinic February 17, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

A California state legislator is reviving an effort to require public universities to provide abortion pills on college campuses after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure earlier this year.

Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) said she believes the proposal has a better shot at becoming law next year under Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who publicly supported the idea on the campaign trail.

“I would have reintroduced it even if we still had Gov. Brown [in office] because I think the issue is that important,” Leyva said. “Women should always have access to abortion. That’s their constitutional protected right and it’s woman’s choice.”

Leyva’s Senate Bill 24 requires campus health centers to provide students with abortion pills, a method of terminating a pregnancy up to 10 weeks after conception, beginning in 2023. The Democratic lawmaker has argued since 2017 that some campuses are long distances from Planned Parenthood clinics or other healthcare facilities that provide abortion medication.

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