The California governor's plan to make abortion drugs available at all public colleges and universities has hit a major snag: the state's Department of Finance is saying publicly that it won't work.
The state agency has told Governor Gavin Newsom (D) that while "enhancing students' access to abortion by medication techniques is a laudable goal," the commission in charge of administering the program has neither the technical expertise nor the manpower to develop and run a multimillion-dollar project of that size, scope, or content.
Greg Burt of the California Family Council agrees, pointing out that school health centers lack the expertise to administer the drugs.
"They offer some preventable medicine, but they aren't capable of administering a drug that requires an ultrasound and requires doctor checkups," he explains. "This chemical abortion is something these schools shouldn't be doing."
In fact, the Department of Finance points out that campus health centers "primarily offer triage and preventative services" that don't require detailed medical billing systems.
In addition, Burt says funding such a program long term presents a serious problem.
"They have private money to set up these new centers," he describes. "But when it comes down to it, the taxpayers and the students are going to get stuck with the bill – and the governor's office has come out and actually said that."
The bill (SB 24) has passed out of the Appropriations Committee and gone back to the Assembly. Burt expects it to be voted on within a week or two.