Campus Voices: Should Student Health Centers Offer Abortion Pills?

Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade made abortions authorized, a rising variety of states — and the federal authorities — are restricting access to them.

Ever the contrarian state, California is making an attempt to do the alternative.

A proposed state regulation would require pupil well being facilities in any respect 34 California State University and University of California campuses to make the abortion capsule out there for girls who request it. Under the terms of the bill, which handed within the state Senate earlier this yr and awaits motion within the Assembly, well being facilities at these public establishments must inventory the medicine by 2022.

The abortion medicine, as soon as generally known as RU-486, is now comprised of a two-pill dosage. The medicine offers a non-surgical option for girls within the first 10 weeks of being pregnant.

If the invoice succeeds, California could be the primary state within the nation to offer abortion capsules on public faculty campuses.

State Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) mentioned she’s sponsoring the measure as a result of she believes college students ought to have entry to protected abortions, early on, in an surroundings by which they really feel snug.

Email Sign-Up

Subscribe to KHN’s free Morning Briefing.

Under Leyva’s measure, personal donations would fund the startup prices for supplier coaching and ultrasound gear. After that, the service would maintain itself by billing college students’ insurance policy, she mentioned. “We don’t want students paying for something that possibly they don’t believe in,” Leyva mentioned.

Opponents say abortions don’t have any place on faculty campuses, that well being facilities will not be geared up to take care of potential issues and that abortion suppliers are straightforward to achieve all through most of California anyway. The median journey time from UC or Cal State campuses to an abortion supplier is 34 minutes through public transportation, in accordance with research by the University of California-San Francisco. Students at California State University-Stanislaus face the longest journey time – about an hour and a half, the examine confirmed.

California Healthline interviewed UC and Cal State college students throughout the state, they usually expressed blended views concerning the proposal.

Brooke Paz (Anna Gorman/KHN)

Lacie Armstrong (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Brooke Paz, 21, heads a pupil group against abortion at Cal State-Fullerton. She spent a current afternoon at an data desk making an attempt to steer college students to oppose the invoice.

“This bill is an injustice to women,” she mentioned, partly as a result of she believes having an abortion can have lifelong emotional results on them. Paz additionally known as the invoice pointless, given there are Planned Parenthood and different well being clinics situated close to many campuses. “I think the money could be used for better things, like to help pregnant and parenting students,” Paz mentioned.

Lacie Armstrong, 22, a pupil at Cal State-Los Angeles, mentioned she took an in depth good friend to get an abortion final yr at a Planned Parenthood that was crowded and chaotic. Having the abortion capsule out there on faculty campuses could be extra handy and fewer intimidating, she mentioned. “You would have another option instead of having to find the nearest Planned Parenthood and find somebody to take you,” she mentioned. “You could just walk to the campus health center.”

Bernadette Tasy (Courtesy of Bernadette Tasy)

Saika Pitre (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Offering the abortion capsule at school well being facilities equates the medicine to “something like an ibuprofen pill,” mentioned Bernadette Tasy, 22, a Cal State-Fresno pupil who leads a chapter of Students for Life of America. “This is a more serious issue,” she mentioned. “The bill undermines women by telling them that they need abortion in order to be successful in school.”

Saika Pitre, 22, a pupil at Cal State-L.A., will get contraception and her annual ladies’s well being exams on the campus well being heart. On a current day, she regarded by a bin of condoms at a sales space arrange by the well being heart. “If they already are providing health services on campus, it’s just another service,” Pitre mentioned. “It’s also convenient. You could go if you have a gap between classes.”

Justine Cross (Ana B. Ibarra/KHN)

Dafne Garcia (Ana B. Ibarra/KHN)

Justine Cross, 31, an accounting pupil at Cal State-Stanislaus, mentioned she thinks a university campus isn’t an acceptable setting for abortions. “Schools should promote family counseling services and provide education about adoption,” mentioned Cross, who has a Four-year-old son. “I think there are better options than abortion.”

“My beliefs are pro-choice. I feel it’s always the woman’s right to decide what’s best for her,” mentioned Dafne Garcia, 21, a pupil at University of California-Merced, who lately attended a Roe v. Wade rally on the Capitol, the place she and mates voiced their help for the abortion capsule invoice. “Some girls are really nervous or too scared to go to Planned Parenthood. I think by having it on campus, they would feel more comfortable.”

Dei Gomez, 22, additionally helps abortion rights. “If women feel really strong about not having a baby, we shouldn’t take that right away. It’s their choice, and we can’t tell them what to do,” mentioned the Cal State-Fullerton pupil. However, she mentioned, she doesn’t assume pupil well being facilities ought to provide the abortion capsule. “There are special facilities, like Planned Parenthood or other clinics. The centers  don’t have the resources to deal with this,” she mentioned.

KHN’s protection of those subjects is supported by California Health Care Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

Ana B. Ibarra:”>, @ab_ibarra

Anna Gorman:”>, @AnnaGorman

Related Topics California Healthline Pharmaceuticals src=”” charset=”utf-8″>

Most Popular features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information. The site is updated continuously throughout the day.

Copyright © 2017 Breaking Express, Green Media Corporation

To Top