SACRAMENTO—Today, Governor Brown vetoed SB 320, a bill by Senator Leyva (D-Chino) that would have required all public California universities to provide on-campus medication abortion services to their campus communities.
“While today’s veto is a setback, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California stands committed in partnering with California’s university student communities, as well as the bill’s sponsors and author, to consider next steps that will ensure students get the access they’ve been denied.
SB 320 began as a story of a brave group of students that sought to address health care inequities within their campus community, and grew into a statewide campus coalition whose students had similar stories on what a lack of abortion access meant in their communities. The attempt of the UC’s and CSU’s to deny their own students the on-campus full range of reproductive and sexual health care, including abortion services, won’t go unnoticed and won’t go unchallenged. It’s time for this state to have a bold agenda for women’s equity and health,” said Crystal Strait, CEO/President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
In 2015, UC Berkeley campus activists spearheaded what would turn into the SB 320 campaign upon realizing all forms of contraception were offered by the campus health center, but students still had to travel off-campus to receive mediation abortion. Other UC and CSU students had similar stories of hurdles to abortion care, with 519 students across the 34 campuses seeking medication abortion services every month.
It is unfortunate that SB 320, largely supported by students, community groups and health organizations across the state, will fail to become law this year. Governor Brown’s veto of SB 320 is a setback in furthering abortion access in California, especially given the mobility and transportation barriers that continue to impact students’ ability to obtain necessary reproductive and sexual health care.