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Abortion pill could come to Chico State campus

A bill to require California universities to offer abortion pills has been passed to the Governor's desk.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 11:16 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A bill to require California universities to offer abortion pills has been passed to the Governor's desk.

Action News Now spoke with students and many said they thought introducing an abortion pill on campus would be a good idea.

"It's important to have it on campus. a lot of people don't think they have a place to turn to when it happens," said junior, Alison Bitle.

"I don't believe that abortion is a great option because I do believe in pro-life but I do believe if they need to do it, they need to do what they need to do," said freshman, Robert.

Senate Bill 24 passed the state assembly on Friday and, if signed off by Governor Newsom, would mandate 34 UC and CSU college campuses to offer abortion medication.

The bill would impact some 750,000 students enrolled in the UC and CSU system and campus health centers would be required to offer medication abortion.

Financed by a special fund, staff at health centers would be trained and ultrasound machines would be bought.

About $10 million in private donations have been raised to back the idea so far.

The abortion pill is FDA approved and accounts for about a third of abortions in the nation.

Governor Newsom has about a month to decide whether to sign the measure into law.

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