UPDATE, 10/2: Bill sponsor Sen. Connie Levya has stated that despite Gov. Brown’s veto, she plans to reintroduce the legislation during the next legislative session. She said, in part, “This very important bill would have ensured access to medication abortion services on California public university campuses for students seeking to end their pregnancy…. I am hopeful that our incoming Legislature and Governor will agree that the right to choose isn’t just a slogan, but rather a commitment to improving true access to abortion for students across California.”
9/30: In a surprising turn of events, California Governor Jerry Brown, a pro-abortion Democrat, has vetoed a bill that would have forced all 34 public universities in the state to make abortion pills (RU-486) available on campus. Two pro-abortion group had pledged $20 million to implement the dangerous plan throughout California. No state in the nation has such a law.
Below is a copy of Governor Brown’s decision to veto the bill:
The bill, SB320, was a dangerous move by abortion advocates to subject college women to secret abortions that often go wrong, putting them in medical danger. Students would have induced abortions in their dorm rooms and often delivered their extremely premature babies, dead, in toilets that are shared by multiple people. The abortion pills sometimes cause excessive bleeding, infection, and other dangerous side effects.
Additionally, SB320 did not require the public universities to also educate women on the option of abortion pill reversal if they came to regret their initial abortion choice and wanted to stop it while the baby was still alive.
Live Action had been letting citizens know how to reach Gov. Brown’s office to ask him to veto SB320. The veto was needed for many reasons, including:
California politicians and their abortion industry backers are lying to students by telling them that a medication abortion (RU-486) is like a heavy period that just flushes away a clump of undefined cells.
The abortion pill regimen can be administered up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy when the baby has a beating heart and arms and legs. The first pill in the regimen, mifepristone, cuts off blood and nutrients to the baby, slowly starving her to death over one to two days. The second pill induces labor.
More young women will find themselves in communal dormitory bathrooms in labor, expelling their dead babies — often in excruciating pain and heavily bleeding for days — with no direct medical supervision.
Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the abortion pill in 2000, at least 22 women have died after taking the regimen, and many others have had serious complications, with nearly 600 experiencing such severe blood loss that they required transfusions.
Abortion advocates want to turn California’s university student health centers into abortion centers. What they are attempting to do is to normalize abortions for students and for society in general, making it easier for people to accept that a woman killing her child is okay, even good.
In his public statement announcing the veto, Gov. Brown called the legislation “unnecessary.”