Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed Senate Bill 24 requiring all public colleges and universities in California to provide students access to abortion pills that kill preborn babies by medically inducing miscarriages up to the 10th week of pregnancy.
“California will become the first state in the nation to require public universities to provide access to abortion pills on campus under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday,” The Los Angeles Times announced Friday. “Senate Bill 24 by state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will go into effect in 2023, with the University of California and California State University systems required to offer students medical abortions.”
The difference between the so-called “medical abortion” offered and the “morning after pill” was laid out.
“A medical abortion is a nonsurgical way to terminate a pregnancy that involves taking two prescription pills hours apart during a woman’s first 10 weeks of pregnancy to induce a miscarriage,” the Times’ Melody Gutierrez explained. “It is different than the morning-after pill, which releases a high dose of a synthetic hormone found in birth control pills that delays or stops the release of an egg."
Newsome touted the new law as a victory for so-called women’s reproductive “rights.”
“As other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom, in California, we are moving forward, expanding access and reaffirming a woman’s right to choose,” Newsom wrote in statement, according to the Times. “We’re removing barriers to reproductive health – increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers.”
Advocates of the bill contended that it has been too inconvenient for students to get abortions off campus.
“University healthcare centers currently refer students to off-campus facilities for abortion services when requested,” Gutierrez informed. “Supporters of the bill said students – particularly those without cars – have a difficult time getting to off-campus health facilities or paying for the cost of the medication.”
Apparently, hundreds of public college students in the Golden State get pregnant and want to kill their babies medically.
“A 2018 study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health estimated that 322 to 519 students at California’s public universities seek medical abortions each month,” the Times noted. “The average cost of a medical abortion was $604 and 62% of students were more than 30 minutes away from the closest abortion facility when using public transportation.”
University of California Santa Barbara graduate Zoe Murray wished the bill was signed earlier, when she sought an abortion as a sophomore.
“The clinic closest to my campus was almost 11 miles away and a 45-minute bus ride one way,” Murray told the Times. “Not every student has a car on campus, and certainly not every student can afford to miss classes, their jobs or their families for that much time.”
Even far-left-leaning former Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) thought the controversial bill went too far and vetoed it.
“Last year, then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure, saying the bill was ‘not necessary’ because abortion services were ‘widely available’ to students at off-campus clinics,” Gutierrez recounted.
At the time, Newsom was lieutenant governor and made his unconditional support of radical abortion groups and the abortion industry known, affirming he would have signed Leyva’s bill.
“I would have supported that – I have long supported that,” Newsom insisted last October, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “I subscribe to Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s position on that.”
California, which is already in catastrophic debt, is spending more taxpayer money to fund a procedure a major proportion of taxpayers are against.
“The bill requires the use of $10.3 million that has been raised from private donors to pay for operating costs,” Gutierrez noted. “Newsom’s Department of Finance opposed SB 24, saying private funds were likely to fall short of what would be needed to offer services at the 34 public universities in the state. Student health centers at public universities in the state already offer gynecological exams, birth control, pregnancy counseling and other healthcare, but not abortion services.”
But Leyva is committed to push the blue state’s abortion agenda full throttle.
“In a time when states across our country are rolling back women’s healthcare and access to abortion, California continues to lead the nation to protect every individual’s right to choose,” Leyva stated, according to the Times.
Bad for California
Christians and other conservatives waged a stand against the bill.
“In an open letter, Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference, urged all Catholics and other Christians to pray for SB 24 to be defeated in order to protect ‘infants and young college-age women from the scourge of abortion,’” Gutierrez noted.
Newsom’s abortion activism doesn’t end on college campuses.
“Newsom also signed legislation that streamlines access to birth control medication provided by Planned Parenthood, allowing women to be prescribed the drugs through an app on a smartphone,” Gutierrez added. “Prior to the signing of the bill, the assumption was that California law required use of videoconferencing for long-distance prescriptions.”
Harming, not helping students
A study conducted on the abortion pill revealed its detrimental effects.
“It is alarming to think that these drugs could be easily acquired given the potential for negative consequences of medical abortion as indicated by our study (at the preclinical level) and the insufficient/absent research at the preclinical level of the potential consequences of drug-induced abortion on the body, the brain and consequently behavior of the mother,” Franciscan University Neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Sammut told Townhall. “Hormones have a powerful influence on our body, our immune system, our brain and ultimately our behavior, and drugs such as mifepristone, that interfere with hormonal function, should be treated with great caution and prudence and administered with great care.”
Live Action Founder and President Lila Rose said killing babies to reach academic and career success is shameful.
"It is a travesty that Governor Newsom has signed into law this bill which turns universities into abortion centers and perpetuates the lie that women need to kill their children in order to achieve their dreams and goals," Rose wrote in a statement to Townhall. "Chemical abortions are a serious matter – ending a life and often involving days of bleeding and clotting that can have serious complications for the mom. Young women will be enduring this harmful abortion procedure in their college dorms and bathrooms without proper medical support."
She lamented how California’s abortion rate will rise with Newsom’s signing.
"The legislature that pushed this bill has done nothing to support pregnancy, parenting or adoption, which would open up authentic choices for women," Rose added. "Instead of this harmful legislation, politicians should pursue policies that empower young women to choose life."