California may have to go to court to force the availability of chemical abortions on college campuses in the state.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would make chemical abortions available on state-sponsored colleges and universities in the state. Brian Johnston, executive director of the California ProLife Council, tells OneNewsNow there are a couple of problems with the measure.
"The Department of Finance for the State of California came out against the measure because of the great expenses that would be involved – [plus] the fact that the state colleges and universities are not designed for abortion clinics so they're still opposed," he explains.
In addition, according to Johnson, the schools weren't anxious to be the administrators of the program – not only because of the volume of abortions to be handled but also because abortion has nothing to do with providing education.
So at the last minute the state opted for the state's Commission on the Status of Women, which only has four employees, to administer the program.
"So with those odd pieces of legislation and patchwork of fixes, it did pass," Johnston summarizes, "but the problems, I think, are pretty apparent – and it will give some indication that there'll be litigation on this, I believe."
When the measure was first passed, then-Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it because it was an unnecessary expense. His argument then was that, in most cases, Planned Parenthood abortuaries were within five miles of each campus.
Editor's note: The bill has NOT been signed by the California governor, as orignially reported here. Two statements to that effect have been removed from the story.