Students weigh in on colleges offering abortion pills


Local students are weighing in on a controversial measure that would require state universities to offer medicated abortions to students if passed into law.

The measure cleared a major committee hurdle this week at the capitol.

The bill, written by Democratic state Sen. Connie Leyva, is aimed at giving students easy access to abortion without it interfering with their education.

Women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant could receive a two-pill dosage from a campus doctor.

The bill does require all money for abortions to come from private donations, not government money.

Samantha Franco is a nursing student at California State University, Bakersfield who disagrees with the measure.

"So, my personal opinion, I don't think it should be allowed on campus," Franco said. "There are a lot of students who range in age. I got here to CSUB when I was like 17, so I was not even an adult yet, and to have those things available for students on campus, it is kinda like a really big decision."

Other students, including Krizen Mateo, said having access on campus could help students.

"I think we are old enough to make our own decisions, so it is not like we are in high school and make irrational decisions," Mateo said. "I think we are old enough to have that choice."

The bill still faces opposition from anti-abortion groups and will move to the appropriations committee.

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