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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D.) will force all taxpayer-funded public university campuses to provide abortion pills for students by 2023.
The College Student Right to Access Act requires each of its 33 campuses in the California State and University of California systems to provide access to abortion pills. The legislation characterized pregnancy as a "medical condition." Rather than seeking out abortion clinics, students will be able to obtain medical abortions on campus.
"Because abortion by medication techniques is both a recognized treatment for the medical condition of pregnancy and a health service every pregnant person in the state has the legal right to choose, it is the intent of the Legislature that public university student health centers make abortion by medication techniques as accessible and cost-effective for students as possible," the bill says.
A medicated abortion is induced by taking two pills. In that process, a woman’s uterus is emptied and the baby often ejected into a toilet. Abortion pills are only to be taken within the first 10 weeks of the pregnancy.
Newsom signed the bill into law on Friday. He said in a statement that his administration is committed to expand abortion access for young people. He contrasted his approach to other states that have adopted pro-life reforms, such as restricting the practice on unborn babies that can feel pain or when their hearts begin to beat in the womb.
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