There was recently a 16-year-old girl in Sweden who died three days after taking medical abortion pills.
These abortion pills are not only dangerous but not appropriate for the needs of the campus community.
A student at UC Berkeley brought this issue to the attention of the legislature after her long process to get an abortion off-campus resulted in going past the 10 weeks required to get an abortion.
These events led to Sen. Connie Leyva introducing the Senate Bill 320.
If signed into law by the governor and approved by the assembly, it will allow students in all 34 public Cal State Universities and the Universities of California to undergo this procedure by January 2022.
The pills that the Swedish teenager took to complete her medical abortion are mifepristone and misoprostol.
A physician administers the first pill, mifepristone, which blocks the body’s progesterone hormones needed to grow a fetus.
Then the second pill, misoprostol, according to Planned Parenthood, empties the uterus by causing cramps and bleeding.
This is given to the patient to take at their home 6-48 hours later.
Timothy Moody, lead physician at the Student Health Center & Counseling Services at Cal Poly Pomona, believes that this bill is unnecessary to go into law because within the past calendar year (2016-2017) there have been about 720 pregnancies, but only two to three unintended pregnancies have occurred on CPP campus.
These are the only women whom this bill would apply to.
Since not many students would benefit from it, this bill is not necessary.
Yet, the Senate and some university women believe Senate Bill 320 will be useful to university campuses because the bill will help students continue their education without the delay to raise a child.
Some argue it will bring students who do not have transportation the convenience to have an abortion done on campus.
Others argue the procedure makes an abortion feel more “natural” almost like a miscarriage.
No matter how many reasons people come up with to justify the Senate Bill 320, it does not erase the fact if a girl on campus experiences an incident like the girl above, the bill would be to blame.
The student health center does not provide afterhours care, so if the student takes the pills and experiences drastic bleeding at midnight, for example, the student will need to seek emergency help herself.
The lack of emergency care on campus clearly shows that the idea of the bill is not safe.
According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been at least 29 women who have died from medical abortion ages ranging from 16 to 38.
Eighteen women died in United States from toxic shock or within five days of taking the pills.
There are many questions that arise from this proposed bill.
Instead of focusing on passing a bill to perform abortions on campus, California Senate should focus on providing more benefits to mothers and their children such as childcare and programs that help mothers continue their education and reach her graduation day.
What happened to the 16-year-old girl in Sweden could potentially happen on our campus if medical abortion pills were to be offered in campus health centers, so the bill should not be signed into law.
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