Chico, Calif.--A new state law will make it easier for students enrolled in public state universities to get an abortion.
If senate bill 320 is passed, it would require public state universities to provide its students with free abortion medication.
"It's a really wonderful idea that they're giving women the choice to do something and that the school system which is a major thing, is supporting that," said Vivana Morales, a senior at Chico State.
She is one of the more than 400,000 students in the California public university system that classify as female.
She said she understands that there are many differing viewpoints when it comes to abortion, but she's happy that under this proposed new law, the school system would be giving students an option.
"I feel like a lot of people don't really give women the choice and well like a child has a life, but you don't know what are the circumstances that this woman is going through. Maybe she can't provide for her kid or maybe she probably underwent unconsensual sexual intercourse," she said.
The mission of the health centers at public state universities is to minimize the negative impact of health concerns on student's studies and to facilitate retention and graduation.
As of right now, none of the health centers provide abortions by medication techniques but female students we spoke with said this would be an added benefit to the services they already offer.
'They provide us with like birth control contraceptives and things like that so I think that's very, very good,” said Jacky Villalon, a freshman at Chico State.
The bill was voted 25 to 13 in the senate, but still has to be approved by the assembly.
Students say that whatever the final decision be, "I feel like at the end of the day it's up to the woman, it's her body, she's the one that's going to raise the baby and have the baby so it's up to her to decide whether or not to have the baby, not everyone else," said Adriana Garcia, a student at Chico State.
We try to talk to sources on both sides of the issue, unfortunately some against the possibility either weren't available for comment, or didn't want to since it hasn't been passed yet.
If this bill passes, it would go into effect on January 1, 2022.
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