LA Times: UC and CSU campuses to provide cheap abortion pills amid California’s post-Roe push

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In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 24, more commonly known as College Student Right to Access Act, making California the first state to mandate state universities to provide medication abortion resources on campus. Before this bill, students on average had to drive 30 minutes away from campus and pay $600 to $800 for a medication abortion.

A medication abortion is a non-surgical method of terminating a pregnancy; the process involves taking two prescription pills – mifepristone and misoprostol.

The impacted colleges include the 9 campuses of the University of California and the 23 campuses of the California State University; these institutions had until January 2023 to comply with the bill.

As the bill has now taken effect, University medical professionals begin to raise concerns about how the changing legal landscape could affect their practices. Whether out-of-state students can receive the pills while away during the summer, and if the university can mail the medication pills to states where abortion is banned, is still in question.

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