Cal Poly Pomona prepares to offer abortion pills to students by January

By Anais Hernandez, September 13, 2022

Cal Poly Pomona students will be able to access free abortion pills by January 2023 after the passage of Senate Bill 24 allowing California State University and the University of California to provide a non-surgical means of terminating a pregnancy.

Amid the overturning of Roe v. Wade in May, abortion rights no longer exist in many states after nearly 50 years of abortion access for women. Following the US Supreme Court’s decision, having an abortion in states other than California is almost or completely illegal, with only certain states having strict bans.

California, on the other hand, has increased its resources for women to access abortion services, serving an estimated 1.3 million women out of state. Because California is a state that invests in abortion access, UC and CSU students will have access on campus to terminate a pregnancy and will not be held criminally or civilly liable for the abortion. .

“I think it’s an incredible resource. Many studies have shown the inequality of pharmacists towards those who identify as female assigned at birth and women,” said Womxn resource center coordinator Maria Cerce. “So I think we should recognize that our health care is important, especially for students who pay their fees and get health care through on-campus services.”

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Director of Student Health and Wellness Services Rita O’Neill shared that over the summer, the on-campus clinic followed a clinical protocol that taught staff how to treat and manage abortion case. Their health promotion staff also prepared visual communication instructions and guides during the break so that students were informed of the procedure and what to expect.

“We have providers until five o’clock Monday through Friday and a 24/7 nurse helpline. Students going through the abortion process would then be able to call the nurse’s information line for any questions or concerns about the medication itself or any concerns they may have,” O’Neill said.

For many students, the CPP Health and Wellness Center is their only way to get free medical access. This resource would provide an option for pregnant students and would be guided by medical staff.

“Our idea is not to make the student pay for the drugs. We’re going to provide what we call comfort kits that will help them through the process,” O’Neill said. “The student health center will use this money for student benefits.”

Students wishing to have an abortion must not be more than 70 days pregnant. There are also factors that should be considered. According to O’Neill, medical personnel must assess the patient’s health risk factors.

“For example, if a student has a bleeding disorder, he’s not good for this procedure. We would help the patient access a higher level of care. We anticipate that pregnancies can be terminated for up to 70 days, but it all depends on the physical health of the student,” O’Neill said.

Unlike plan B, this pill must be prescribed by a doctor. Because this drug is not emergency contraception, it is stronger and more likely to be discontinued than any other contraceptive. In order to reduce risk factors, the earlier the pregnancy is terminated, the safer and smoother the non-surgical abortion will be.

For female students wishing to terminate their pregnancy, the medical staff will require confirmation of the pregnancy through a test and will determine the age of pregnancy. When the medication is prescribed, the student has the option of picking it up at the clinic or having it delivered to their home or dormitory.

In order to access this resource, students can call the health and wellness center or book an appointment directly from the web’s online booking. Once the first step is completed, a center provider will begin the assessment and determine if the student is eligible for abortive medication.

Tori Umeda, Social Justice Manager for Womxn’s Resource Center, shared that this resource can be life changing for many students who are not in the right place emotionally or financially to raise a child.

“I think it’s a great resource to have…as students, we have a lot going on in our lives, with what’s going on in the world and the Roe v. Wade reversal,” Umeda said. . “It’s just going to make it easier for people who aren’t ready to be parents or who have had a traumatic experience.”

Student Health and Welfare Services is eager to provide a safer alternative to pregnancy termination. For more information on this upcoming resource, stay up to date with the Student Health and Wellness Services website.

Featured image by Sharon Wu.

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