RE: Please support SB-24 Public Health: public university student health centers: abortion by medication techniques
Exactly one year from today, the San Bernardino County Young Democrats (SBCYD) issued a letter asking the former governor, Mr. Brown, to support Senator Connie Leyva’s College Student Right to Access Act (SB-320). As you may recall, SB-320 was vetoed by the governor on account that “the services required in this bill are widely available off-campus.” Since then, there has been a great deal of change in our nation’s political climate making it imperative that we support women and protect women’s rights every step of the way. With the right care, medication abortions are safe, cost-effective, and can be performed within the first 10 weeks of a pregnancy.
Currently, women attending public schools cannot receive abortion services at their health centers. A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health estimated that between 322 and 519 women in public universities seek medication abortions every year. Up to two-thirds of these women were more than 30 minutes away from the nearest abortion provider. On average, they were required to wait one week for the first available appointment and were charged $604.1 Even in a progressive state like ours, finding a safe, affordable place to get an abortion has multiple barriers such as transportation, logistics, cost, and more. Lowering the barriers to accessing such care can help avoid unintended complications from unwanted, unterminated pregnancies including mental and physical health problems, keep women in school, and help alleviate the pay gap that women in our country experience.
We have numerous women of child-bearing age in our club who attend public colleges. Therefore, this bill will have a direct influence on our lives. We hope that you will consider us when you make a decision on the bill and we urge you to vote “yes” on SB-24 Public health: public university student health centers: abortion by medication techniques.
Arthur Congo, President of SBCYD
SBCYD Executive Board