California universities to offer abortion pills in January

California is set to become the first state to mandate access to medical abortions on public college campuses.

All UC and Cal State schools will provide the drugs to comply with SB 24, a law passed in 2019 that goes into effect January 1, 2023.

SB 24, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, requires all nine UC schools and 23 CSU campuses to offer medical abortions at their student health centers.

UC Davis is taking a proactive approach to the new requirement by providing abortion pills when students return to campus for the start of the fall term in September.

Dr. Cindy Schorzman, Medical Director of Student Health Services at UC Davis, explained how important the provision of these types of drugs is to removing any barriers to health care.

“This additional service at our Student Health and Wellness Center is a real reminder to students that we are here for them, whatever their decisions are, however they want to follow through on their health care,” a- she declared. “We just want to make sure they are taken care of and safe and have the full range of options available to them.”

Schorzman noted that medical abortions are both safe and effective.

“[Medication abortions] can be used for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and are approximately 97% effective overall, although they are more effective earlier in pregnancy.

She also says that any UC Davis student, regardless of insurance coverage, will have access to the drugs.

While the law was passed a few years ago, recent UC Davis graduate Valerie Lopez said the implementation couldn’t come at a better time given the recent Supreme Court ruling. .

“Especially now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, I think it’s a lot more reassuring to know that our universities are going to support us,” Lopez said.

The law ensures that students no longer have to travel to off-campus clinics to obtain the same drugs. Edith Salcido, a third-year student at UC Davis, says she would not have an abortion herself, but respects the decisions of others and supports removing any barriers to health care for students.

“Sometimes those barriers make it difficult,” Salcido said. if they can’t support this baby financially?”

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