“Access to reproductive health services, including abortion, is a long-protected right in California,” Governor Brown said in his veto message.
However, he added that because the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities is five to seven miles, as stated in a study sponsored by the SB320 supporters, the bill is “not necessary.”
California Senator Connie Leyva originally introduced SB 320 in Feb. 2017. The bill passed its final vote in the California State Senate on Aug. 30, 2018.
The bill would have required all University of California and California State University campuses to offer the pills by Jan. 1, 2022, including UC Santa Barbara.
“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,” according to the bill’s text.
Full story at The Daily Nexus.
To read Governor Brown’s statement, click here.