The ACLU, a group that was once friendly to the Constitution and the principles America was built on, is now throwing their support behind an effort to have abortion pills accessible on college campuses. The movement is based in California, but is receiving nationwide support; it originated with SB 320 in the California legislature, which was later vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. A similar bill, SB 24, will soon be up for debate.
Abortion pills are safe. Period.— ACLU (@ACLU) January 25, 2019
It's time for college students to be able to get medication abortion on campus. https://t.co/KVGma91LsQ
The bills would mandate that public universities at all California State and University of California campuses, 34 campuses combined, have abortion pills accessible in campus health centers. Given that these institutions are public, taxpayers would be footing the bill for this mandate. The new version of the bill allocates 200,000 to each public university, and equates abortion procedures as ‘basic health care:’
“It is the intent of the Legislature that public university student health centers make abortion by medication techniques as accessible and cost-effective for students as possible, and thus public university student health centers should treat abortion by medication techniques as a basic health service,” the bill reads.
This bill would not only be an egregious misuse of taxpayer dollars, and a direct violation of the Hyde Amendment, but also an absurd addition to California’s already non-restrictive abortion laws. If passed, California would be the first state to force public institutions of higher education to provide abortion pills to students, on the backs of taxpayers.