Christian conservatives and pro-life advocates are praising California’s Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for his veto of a bill that would have required all state universities to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs.
Brown vetoed SB 320, also known as the “College Student Right to Access Act,” on Sunday. The bill would have required health centers at the 34 University of California or California State University campuses to offer abortion pills (RU-486) to students so they could terminate their pregnancies in their dorm rooms, and abortion clinics wouldn’t have to incur the cost of bio-hazard waste disposal following the student’s abortion.
If enacted, the bill would have taken effect in 2020. Although the bill passed the Senate in January, Brown reasoned that such a requirement is not needed.
“Access to reproductive health services, including abortion, is a long-protected right in California,” Brown wrote in his veto notice. “According to a study sponsored by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from 5 to 7 miles, not an unreasonable distance.”
Brown said the legislation is “not necessary” because the services this bill requires are “widely available off-campus.”
Longtime pro-life leader Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education arm of the leading pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List, called the legislation a “reckless push to turn college campuses into dispensaries for dangerous abortion drugs.”
Donovan, who also previously served as a leader at the Washington, D.C.-based social conservative advocacy group the Family Research Council, praised Brown’s decision in a statement. Donovan argued that a requirement that each campus health center provide abortion-inducing drugs might have been a “bridge too far” even for the pro-choice Democrat governor.
“It’s encouraging that even in one of the nation’s most extreme pro-abortion states, common sense can prevail over the human indifference of the abortion lobby,” Dovan wrote.
Donovan contends that the bill, introduced by Democrat Sen. Connie Leyva, is part of the abortion industry’s attempt to “expand abortion into family homes, apartments, and dorm rooms, where a woman may endure painful, harrowing, potentially life-threatening complications without anyone present to help her.”
“Not only that, she becomes a direct witness to the lost life of her child,” Donovan stressed. “No woman deserves to suffer such a trauma and indignity, especially at the hands of those entrusted with her care and education.”
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Source: Christian Post