The California legislature is about to vote on the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 320). Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to sign the bill, which would enable women to get the medical care they need on campus by requiring university and college insurance plans to cover abortion and make medication abortion available in campus-based health centers, reports Dr. Diane Tober.
“It made no sense to us that something as simple as medication abortion wouldn’t be provided on campus when other reproductive and sexual health services are available,” Khan told Rewire. “Our medical insurance covers abortion, and there are trained providers already there at the Tang Center, so there’s no reason not to make the medication available…”
Sara Spriggs works as operations manager and spokesperson at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in Oakland says, “It’s really hard for students. Many of them are still trying to navigate being an adult. And they don’t know where to go to get health care that isn’t provided on campus. …if medication abortion were available on campus that would be a huge relief, both logistically and in terms of the mental health aspect. And this is why SB 320 is so important.”
“I firmly believe that college students should have access to safe and reliable comprehensive reproductive health care on campus,” said state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), the bill’s author.