For Immediate Release: October 1, 2018
San Francisco – Today, in response to Governor Brown’s decision to veto SB 320, the College Student Right to Access Act, NARAL Pro-Choice California State Director Amy Everitt issued the following statement:
Governor Brown’s veto of SB 320 is deeply disappointing and illustrative of the reality that even here in California, there is much work to be done to ensure that women across the state have both the right and the ability to make their own decisions about their bodies. Currently, none of the student health centers at California’s public universities provide medication abortion, despite the fact that it is simple, safe, and highly effective. Governor Brown’s veto message, which states that this bill is not necessary because the distance college students have to travel to reach an abortion provider is not unreasonable, is both insensitive and out of touch with the reality of being a college student. Women in college should not have to endure the added financial, logistical, and emotional burden of seeking necessary reproductive healthcare off-campus. NARAL Pro-Choice California will continue to work with the sponsors of this important legislation to lift the barriers to abortion care on college campuses.
SB 320, authored by Senator Connie Leyva, would have increased access to reproductive health services for students at public universities by providing medication abortion on campus at student health centers.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.