California Senate Bill 24 is the latest push by pro-abortion lawmakers to have state universities distribute the lethal abortion pill. This week the bill was before the Senate Education Committee. Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, testified highlighting the safety concerns with the abortion pill, which has been implicated in at least 24 deaths and thousands of hospitalizations, and the total lack of pro-life conscience protections for students and health care providers on campus under the extreme abortion proposal.
As previously reported by Live Action News, the pro-abortion Tara Health Foundation and The Women’s Foundation of California pledged nearly $20 million to a previous proposal to force campus health centers to administer the abortion pill. Additionally, the University of California, one of the targets of the pro-abortion legislation, has received significant funding from benefactors with ties to the abortion pill manufacturer, DANCO.
As Hawkins noted in her testimony, the abortion pill puts students at risk for severe complications, putting the school at increased liability. Unlike a surgical abortion in which the preborn baby is dismembered and removed in a procedure, the medication abortion is completed at home, or in the case of students, in their dorm room or a communal restroom on campus.
Hawkins said, “To be clear, SB 24 represents a radical change, and not a benign shift, as some might argue.” Students would likely be paying for the abortions of other students through their student fees, and the proposed legislation does not recognize the conscience rights of health care workers in the student centers.
Hawkins added, “We know that some women will experience severe injury and loss of life. There is no educational reason to expose California schools and students to such risk and liability at taxpayer and student expense, especially in light of other, available alternatives.”
The extreme pro-abortion proposal is particularly egregious given that the proposal passed the legislature last fall but was vetoed by then-Governor Jerry Brown. Brown, who is thoroughly pro-abortion, noted in his veto that the bill was “unnecessary” because of the high volume of abortion businesses within close proximity to California universities.
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