Barnard College will offer abortion pills to students

Barnard College, a private women’s college in New York, will give students access to medical abortion — the abortion pills — starting next fall, school officials announced Thursday.

This decision, a direct response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe vs. Wadewas designed to ensure students have access to abortion-related health services regardless of the future, Marina Catallozzi, Barnard’s health director, and Leslie Grinage, the college’s dean, said in a statement. announcing this decision.

“Barnard applies a reproductive justice and gender affirmation framework to all of its student health and wellbeing services, and in particular to reproductive health care. In the post-Roe context, we are strengthening these services,” Catallozzi and Grinage said.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration eased decades-old restrictions on one drug, mifepristone, used to induce abortions in early pregnancy, allowing people to get it through the mail.

In the months since deer was overturned, several states restricted access to abortion. Like Barnard, some schools, employers, and other institutions have responded by attempting to expand access to abortion wherever possible.

Beginning in January 2023, the University of California and California State University campuses will similarly offer medical abortion under state law.

Major employers have publicly stated that they will provide employees with travel coverage if they have to go out of state to have abortions.

Just because Barnard is located in New York City, where access to abortion has not been restricted, doesn’t mean the college can’t be prepared, officials said.

“While our students have access to high quality reproductive health services in New York City and especially [Columbia University Irving Medical Center]we are also preparing in case there is a barrier to access in the future, for whatever reason,” Catallozzi and Grinage said.

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