UC and Cal State to Provide Abortion Pill on Campus – Los Angeles

California is pushing for access abortions following the repeal of Roe V. Wade. The University of California (UC), and California State University, (CSU) will provide abortion pills on all campuses beginning Jan. 1. 

Senate Bill 24. allowing for UC and Cal State campuses to have RU 486 abortion medication on sight was authored by state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, in 2019. 

FDA approved medication abortion method RU 486, also known as mifepristone, is available. Patients will be given RU 846 to use by mouth. Patients will be given RU 846 to take by mouth within 24 hours. After two weeks, patients will require a follow-up. Mifepristone causes the lining to break down, causing the termination of pregnancy.

Cal State schools do not offer medication abortions. Access to the UC system varies between campuses. Both public California universities are currently on track to implement 2019’s law requiring health student centres to provide abortion access. 

According to a report by a, approximately 322 and 519 students in Cal States and UC seek medication abortion each month.ReportAdvancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a program at UC San Francisco. 

Accessible pills can be made available on college campuses. This is a relief for students as well as surrounding clinics. 

“It will help students feel more comfortable about getting the help they need and know that their university does have their best interest at heart. Even if our own government doesn’t,”Hanna Pierini is a fourth-year student at Cal State Long Beach. 

According to the reproductive health initiative, an estimated 6,228 students will request medication abortion on UC or CSU campuses every year. Report.  

There will be differences in access to medicine between UC and Cal State Schools.

Students at UC will be covered by the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who are not required to have insurance at UC or students attending Cal States will be responsible for payment. The estimated cost for medication is $60-$80, and it varies from campus to campus.

For students to be able to access medication abortion on campus, campuses without access will need to train staff and update websites. 

Essential Access Health will offer Zoom training to UC campus providers and Cal State campus nurses to help them review the new law, administer medication abortions and support students after termination. 

For the first year, funding will not be paid for by the taxpayers. It will be funded by The Women’s Foundation of California, which has secured $20 million from anonymous donors and advocacy groups. 

Ranjana and Elizabeth Bernadino of San Jose State’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action are welcoming the abortion pill onto campus. They also support students interested in learning about safe sex. 

“It’s such a stigmatized topic. It’s very divisive but I think for students who are low income, people of color, minorities, I think it’s a resource that should be there,”Iyer.

California Family Council, among others, opposes the requirement.

“You don’t have to be pro-life to recognize SB 24 is bad for colleges and dangerous for students,”Jonathan Keller, president and CEO of California Family Council said: statement.

Each college campus is not created equal. Access to abortions is also different. UC Davis lies 11 miles from the nearest abortion facility while San Diego State lies a mile away. 

“If unexpected pregnancies occur, following through with it because of the lack of abortion accessibility could cause one to drop out to take care of their child,” said Jessica Gonzalez, a third year student at UC Davis. “With this option, students can remain in school, and they can feel more safe and secure knowing there’s always support from the student health center when needed.”


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