The state of California is once again trying to require college student health centers to provide abortion pills. A Senate committee on April 3 approved a bill that would require all public universities to offer on-site medication that induces abortion beginning Jan. 1, 2023. It also would create a $200,000 grant to each public university student health center to pay for the cost of the pills. The bill will only take effect if $10.1 million in private funds were available by Jan. 1, 2020, and it still needs to go through the state Senate Education Committee before receiving a full floor vote.
Former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill last December, saying it was “not necessary” because abortion services are so easily available off-campus. Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, has said he would have supported the previous bill though he has not commented on the new iteration.
Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a WORLD News Group board member, said on his podcast The Briefing that the new bill stretches the language of abortion even further by saying “it has to be made not only possible, not only funded, but convenient as a matter of justice.” —R.L.A.