If the bill, which is now headed to the State Assembly and then eventually the Governor if they approve it as well, is ultimately signed into law, universities would be required to provide abortion medication to their students. This is because, according to supporters of the legislation, women have a “constitutional right to end a pregnancy.”
Specifically, State Senators in California recently passed a piece of legislation, known as SB 320, requiring all of the University of California and California State University campus health centers “to offer abortion by medication techniques.” This basically means that universities will be required to provide students with abortion pills, which can be taken up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy.
The medication, however, will reportedly only be offered “to the extent that private money [sic] are made available for funding,” which means that they supposedly won’t be using any money from student fees or the state’s General Fund to implement the proposed law.
Instead, “a private consortium that includes the Women’s Foundation of California, Tara Health Foundation, and a private donor has agreed to pay for implementation,” which is estimated to cost about $14 million.
“I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life,” explained Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), the primary sponsor of the bill, in its defense. “After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student,” she added.
Shockingly, Leyva and other supporters of the bill believe that on each UC campus, between 10 and 17 women will likely seek a medical abortion every month. On each CSU campus, though, they estimate the number to be between 9 and 15. This means that, in total, universities would be forced to help facilitate the deaths of roughly 228-384 helpless fetuses every single year.
Fortunately, though, despite SB 320’s widespread support in the largely liberal state, there are still numerous people brave enough to speak out against it. For example, Anna Arend, the Northern California Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, recently pushed back against law during recent a Senate education committee hearing.
“These students have formed a coalition to oppose SB 320 due to the horrible realities of RU 486, the abortion by medication technique, and the dangers that it would bring to their campus,” argued Arend, adding, “and the simple fact that abortion pills are not a factor in student success.”
But, while liberal lawmakers in California are actively trying to make it easier to kill the unborn, other lawmakers across the country are thankfully doing everything they can to protect them.
Back in December 2017, for instance, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee approved Senate Bill 3 (SB 3). It’s a piece of pro-life legislation that prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions.
According to reports, a D&E abortion, otherwise known as a “dismemberment abortion,” is a barbaric second-trimester abortion technique that essentially involves using medical forceps to rip fetuses, sometimes limb from limb, out of their mothers. In addition to banning dismemberment abortions, SB 3 would also ban abortions after twenty weeks.
SB 3 wasn’t the only pro-life bill to be recently signed by lawmakers. A piece of pro-life legislation was also recently signed in Indiana.
Specifically, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 75-23 back in December 2017 to pass Indiana Senate Bill 404 (SB 404). If it’s ultimately signed into law, SB 404 would require that minors’ parents be notified of their intent to have an abortion if they try to do so without their consent.
Unsurprisingly, SB 404 has received a massive amount of support from countless pro-life activists, including Sue Swayze Liebel, the Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “Senate Bill 404 strengthens parental consent provisions already on the books if their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” stated Liebel while speaking about the pro-life bill.
“Parents and legal guardians have a right to be involved in major decisions affecting their child’s health and future,” she continued, adding, “SB 404 does not prohibit trusted adults from sharing information about abortion, parenting or adoption Rather, it ensures parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion.”
In addition to ensuring that “parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” proponents of SB 404 argue that requiring parental notification will help better protect young girls from abusive situations. They also claim it’ll help keep young girls from making hasty decisions that they may later regret.
But, opponents of the legislation worry that notifying parents could actually “result in more child abuse” if the parent is abusive and becomes angry that their child tried to undermine their authority.
Their concern, however, isn’t actually something to be worried about. This is because, in the legislation, there’s a provision that allows for exceptions to be made in extreme cases if “the judge decides it is in the girl’s best interest not to notify her parents.”
The authoritarian left must not be allowed to continue making it easier and easier to end the life of the unborn. This means that if SB 320 eventually becomes a law, which will most likely happen, then conservatives across California need to sue. Hopefully, when they do, the absurd law gets struck down.