Pro-life student group: California’s on-campus abortion pills will violate conscience rights

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Earlier this month, California passed legislation, Senate Bill 24, forcing health centers at public universities to provide the abortion pill to students by 2023. Following the news, Students for Life of America (SFLA) announced that the group will work with students and healthcare workers whose conscience rights will be violated if they are forced to participate in abortions.

In a press release, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins stated, “Student fees underwrite the costs of the healthcare centers on campuses, which will now be required to distribute deadly chemical abortion pills. And healthcare professionals will also be forced to hand them out no matter the consequences to women’s health, but Students for Life of America will make sure to connect these victims of conscience right violations with legal help to stop the spread of a bad idea that is only good for propping up abortion vendors like Planned Parenthood.”


As Live Action News previously reported, the abortion pill on campus will initially be funded by pro-abortion groups, but student fees underwrite the costs of on-campus health centers. As pro-life student leader Bernadette Tasy noted, the University of California system estimated a “funding shortfall of $4.6 to $7.8 million…. [B]eginning January 1, 2023, no source of funding is provided in SB 24. Without funding, the student health centers will incur ongoing costs in the range of $2.2 to $3.2 annually. Unless financing is made available post 2023, by the state or foundation, this cost will fall to students.”

In response to the passage of SB24, SFLA is gathering names of students and healthcare workers whose conscience rights are violated. The website has a form on the homepage for students who do not want their student fees to pay for abortions or healthcare workers who do not want to be forced to administer life-ending drugs. SFLA does not provide legal services, but the pro-life group will connect people with free legal assistance.

Hawkins said about SB 24, “Governor Newsom’s reckless support for a new abortion pill distribution scheme on California college and university campuses will put students’ lives at risk and put schools at risk of lawsuits as conscience rights are violated.”

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