SB-24 Public Health: Public University Student Health Centers

UPDATE June 26, 2019

Yesterday, after spirited discussion, SB 24, the College Student Right to Access Act, passed out of the Assembly Higher Education committee; again, along party lines (9-3) but nevertheless, a win.

The bill will be heard in Assembly Appropriations before it moves to a full vote.

I will keep you posted on all developments.

UPDATE MAY 21, 2019

SB 24 has passed the Senate floor.

UPDATE MAY 16, 2019

Good news on the repro health front – SB 24, the College Student Right to Access Act, just now passed out of Senate Appropriations.

A grateful appreciation to all of you who submitted letters of support – we wouldn’t be where we are, heading to the Senate Floor for a full vote, without your efforts to advance access to critical repro health services for the students of California.

NEXT STEPS TO FOLLOW.

Currently, none of the student health centers at California’s public universities provide medication abortion services. The College Student Right to Access Act would require all on-campus student health centers at public universities to offer medication abortion for students by January 1, 2023.

This bill will require student health centers at public universities to provide medication abortion. To understand its potential impact, we sought to describe current travel time, costs, and wait times to access care at the nearest abortion facilities.

College students face cost, scheduling, and travel barriers to abortion care. Offering medication abortion on campus could reduce these barriers. Delays and difficulties in accessing affordable, safe, and early abortion care disproportionately interfere with the academic success and well-being of female students and particularly impact students of color and low-income students for whom reliable transportation and a flexible work schedule is less accessible.