California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill requiring public universities to provide abortion services to students, according to a press release.
The bill, SB 24 seeks to demolish barriers that prevent women from accessing abortions citing they often miss class. Both the University of California and California State University school systems will be forced to provide on-campus abortions to students.
“As states across our country are rolling back women’s health care and access to abortion, California continues to lead the nation in protecting every individual’s right to choose,” said Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino).
“By ensuring that abortion care is available on campus, college students will not have to choose between delaying important medical care or needing to travel long distances or even missing classes or work,” said Leyva. “I thank Governor Newsom for signing SB 24 and for continuing to prioritize the rights of all Californians seeking abortion care, including students at our public universities.”
Additionally, Gov. Newsom signed AB 1264, a bill “which reduces unnecessary barriers and requirements to accessing birth control from Planned Parenthood to ensure university women have access birth control.”
The state has implemented a $100 million budget to ensure women’s reproductive health.