The state of California has some very serious problems on its plate, from from the abysmal condition of its public schools to the highest poverty rate in the entire country. It’s enough to keep a serious legislature busy for a very long time.
Alas, because California politics are dominated by heartless left-wing fanatics, they’re not tackling any of that. Instead, state Democrats think a far better use of their time is making it even easier for young people in the state to get abortions.
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The radical pro-abortion lobbying group NARAL gives California high marks for “strongly protected access” to the means of executing an unwanted son or daughter before birth, but apparently that’s not enough. The College Fix reports that Senate Bill 320, the so-called “College Student Right to Access Act,” has been re-referred to the state Senate’s Appropriations Committee, narrowly sparing it from a legislative deadline and enabling it to continue making its way through the legislature.
That name, of course, could not be more Orwellian. The “right” to abortion (which isn’t a constitutional right at all and is only regarded as such thanks to judicial fraud, but I digress) is already fully secure in the Golden State, where the procedure is fully legal and funded by taxpayers. Even so, SB 320 would make it mandatory for all University of California and California State University campus health centers to offer “abortion by medication techniques” — i.e., abortion-inducing pills — by 2022, with annual reports leading up to that date on which schools have and haven’t gotten with the program earlier.
And yep, California taxpayers would probably end up chipping in for those too:
The one change made to the bill last week: a clarification of which entities have the authority to determine that “private monies” are “sufficient to fund all of the costs” of the program, as the bill requires.
While it confirms that “General Fund appropriations or student fees” will not pay for medication abortion, the bill does not define “private monies” (a major oversight) and it suggests that taxpayers in some form would help cover these abortions (“public and private payers”).
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According to the bill, “it is central to the mission of California’s public university student health centers to minimize the negative impact of health concerns on students’ studies and to facilitate retention and graduation” — duties that they apparently can’t figure out how to fulfill without killing inconvenient kids. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Sen. Connie Leyva, further claims this is necessary because having to potentially “travel several hours on public transportation to a clinic that provides medical abortion services, pay out of pocket and miss class or work obligations” is just too much of a burden to bear.
In response, Californians for Life director Wynette Sills asserted that this supposed access deficit is a crock, noting that the average distance from each public campus to the closest provider of abortion pills is actually under six miles. She also called out Leyva for claiming the pills offered under this law would be perfectly safe (for Mom, that is; the fact that they’re unsafe for Baby is the whole point):
When she introduced the bill last year, Leyva claimed with no attribution that the two-drug combination – mifepristone taken at the student health center and misoprostol taken 24 hours later at home – is “safe and effective” for abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, with a 19-in-20 success rate and “serious adverse effects” in 0.5 percent of cases. (The bill itself doesn’t mention a specific abortion procedure, but Leyva and media reports refer to the two-drug combination.)
The Texas-based American Pregnancy Association, by contrast, claims the latter drug’s side effects include “cramping, nausea, vomiting[,] diarrhea, heavy bleeding, infection,” and that the two-drug combination fails 8 to 10 percent of the time.
Somehow, I don’t think more needless death is going to be the cure for what ails California.
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