Abortion on Demand, Even After Class
Abortion is obviously a difficult topic to discuss, and one that still builds a lot of disagreements, even within the Republican Party. However, there seems to be a lockstep towards more abortions all the time in California. Gone are the days of “safe, legal, and rare.” Instead, the state headed by Governor Newsom is dramatically expanding the role of abortion in individuals’ lives. This includes on campus– which should be more of a neutral ground instead of an epicenter of politics.
However, the Governor signed a bill into law this session mandating that colleges provide abortion pills on campus. This forces clinics that had no role in this debate prior to become a hotbed for politics. The Sacramento Bee reported on the case.
The law forces all public universities to provide abortion pills at their campus clinics by 2023. State Senator Connie Leyva proposed the legislation three years ago. This was originally rejected by Governor Jerry Brown, who argued that abortion services are available an average of five miles from each campus in the state.
A Vice President of the Berkeley College Republicans, Rudra Reddy said, “Newsom is opposed to the moratorium on the death penalty in California but he’s perfectly fine executing unborn children.”
Governor Newsom said, “We’re removing barriers to reproductive health – increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers.” What a copout. The Governor also compared the law to efforts to diminish abortion in other states. However, he did not talk about the effects of his legislation on the colleges themselves. Or the money needed to fund it. Or the regulation’s effects on women.
Opposed More Widely than Other Legislation
Not only did religious and conservative groups oppose the measure, but Newsom’s own Department of Finance did as well. The Department said that the new plan was not feasible with the staff it had. It also said that the plan would be very expensive and difficult implementing. Furthermore, this is a radical change. Such a bill is way out there for many voters. Newsom’s efforts are out of the mainsteam. Not to mention how California pushes outside of the other states’ consensus on abortion.
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