The California State Assembly Appropriations Committee on Aug. 16 approved a bill that would mandate student access to abortion pills on all public university campuses, paving the way for a final vote by the end of August.
Opponents of the radical measure raise two chief concerns: the fear that student fees will be used to fund the program, in gross violation of the consciences of pro-life collegians, and the serious health dangers involved in medication abortions, which anti-abortion advocates say are being seriously downplayed.
Tuition, Books, Abortion
“There’s no prohibition in the bill from using student fees; in fact, it’s sort of implied that they will be used eventually,” Bernadette Tasy, president of Fresno State Students for Life, told the Fresno Bee.
“I don’t want my student fees to go towards it.”
The Bee reports that analysis from the Appropriations Committee reveals state colleges have “shared concerns regarding the bill’s potential costs to their (student health centers), including administrative costs, liability due to complications, and campus security.”
Rachael Pryce, a first-year student at the University of California, San Diego, in an op-ed for the San Diego Union-Tribune, notes that “equipping every California public campus with the necessary materials and staffing to perform chemical abortions will be a very costly process.”
It seems inevitable that student fees will indeed be used as part of the funding process at one point or another.
Residence Hall Horror
And then there is the procedure itself and how it will go down on a campus setting.
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life organization Live Action, writes in The Washington Examiner that a medication abortion is far from the routine procedure that progressive activists paint it as being:
“Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager, described her own medication abortion. The second day on the pill regimen, she was in excruciating pain, bleeding and vomiting for hours. She passed what she called several lemon-sized blood clots. When she called Planned Parenthood, the nurse told her, ‘That is not abnormal.’ For eight more weeks, Abby bled heavily, had debilitating cramps, and experienced intense nausea.
San Diego student Pryce asks you to imagine how such an ordeal will play out in the communal bathrooms common on college campuses:
“In our suite-style residence halls at UCSD, 24 people share a bathroom with three toilets and four showers. If a student is given RU-486 and returns to her dorm room to complete the abortion, her pain, vomiting, diarrhea and other side effects will not go unnoticed by the 23 other students she lives with. On top of that, if the abortion is performed in the later stages of fetal development, it is not unlikely that she will have the traumatic experience of having to dispose of the fetus in the shared bathroom of her dorm room.”
Must students at California public universities have to share in the grisly experience of child murder with their fellow dorm mates?
The San Jose Mercury News reported in 2017, when the legislation was first proposed, that the California State University system expressed a “position of concern” on the ability of its schools to become abortionists.
“Even though it is a pill,” said a spokeswoman for the CSU, “the administration of the medication still requires a level of expertise our health center staff may not have.”
Micaiah Bilger at LifeNews.com reports that “[m]ost college health centers also are not open in the evenings or on weekends, so they would not be able to treat complications.”
“According to the FDA, complications from the abortion drugs include excessive bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion requiring surgery and death of the woman.”
It would seem radical abortion activists and their progressive allies are more interested in submerging California college students in first-hand workshops on the Culture of Death than they are with any so-called stated concerns for the well-being of females on campus.