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California State Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Public Universities To Provide Free Abortion Pills

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Grace Carr Reporter

California’s state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that will require public universities to stock their health centers with abortion pills so that students don’t have to travel to have an abortion.

Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, mandates the state’s community colleges and public universities provide women with abortion pills for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy so students don’t have to travel to abort. The measure also requires the state’s public university health centers that don’t already offer abortion pills to provide transportation to an abortion facility or to arrange an abortion for students requesting the procedure.

The bill passed the assembly and now heads to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Brown is expected to sign the bill into law.

The state’s health centers already provide reproductive services like birth control, condoms and STD testing, but SB 320 would also require the schools to cover the cost of the abortions. (RELATED: California Dem Wants To Mandate State Colleges Have Abortion Pills Ready For Students)

Pro-lifers are displeased that the already tax-payer funded colleges would require citizens against abortion to fund those procedures at the state’s public higher education institutions.

“California politicians put the interests of the abortion industry ahead of the needs of both students and the colleges and universities with this shortsighted vote today,” said Students For Life Of America president Kristan Hawkins in a Wednesday statement. “Schools should be focused on educating the next generation, not ensuring that it’s easy to end the lives of future generations.”

The bill will take effect in 2020 if Brown signs the measure into law.

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