California students at public colleges and universities are set to have access to the abortion pill on campus when a new law will come into effect next year.
UC Davis confirmed to KCRA 3 that it will offer the pill this fall, several months ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline set by the state. Sacramento State said the pills would be available by the deadline.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 24, also known as the College Student Right to Access Act, in 2019. It requires the University of California and California State University campuses to offer the abortion pill at on-campus health centers through trained medical professionals.
UC Berkeley has been providing the pills since December 2020, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Here are statements from Sac State and UC Davis on how they plan to comply with the new law.
Sacramento State does not currently offer abortion services. The University expects to be in compliance with the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24) no later than Jan. 1, 2023, when students will have access to medication abortion via the Student Health Center through in-person or telehealth appointments.
The university pointed to a message to students that was sent on June 3. It said: “Looking to the future, a bill passed by the California Legislature requires the student health centers of the University of California and California State University to offer medication abortion services on their campuses beginning Jan. 1, 2023. Ahead of that deadline, the gynecology department at SHCS will offer this service to students, which uses medications to end a pregnancy that is less than 11 weeks.”
Full story at KCRA.