On October 11, 2019, SB 24 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.
In California, student health centers at public universities (CSU and UC systems) provide primary care services, including basic sexual and reproductive healthcare and contraception, but currently no student health centers provide medication abortion. Instead, these centers refer patients to off-campus providers for abortion care. This may not seem like a big problem at first glance, but pushing students off-campus to receive abortion care is an issue of access to reproductive healthcare.
SB 24: The College Student Right to Access Act
California Senate Bill 24 will increase student access to reproductive health services by requiring student health centers at public colleges and universities to provide medication abortion by January 1, 2023. Since Student Health Insurance and MediCal cover abortion costs, this will relieve the burden of cost for many students. Also, students will be able to access a fuller spectrum of reproductive healthcare services without going off campus. For more info on SB 24, click here.
What Can I Do?
Submit a Resolution to Your Student Government
Modify our sample resolution to fit your campus’ needs and ask a student senator to introduce the resolution or introduce it yourself during public comments at a student government meeting.
Publish in Your School’s Newspaper
Voice your opinion by writing an op-ed or letter to the editor (like this sample one!) emphasizing the importance of access to reproductive health services like medication abortion.
Garner Student Support via Petitions
Use our sample petition and script to raise support for medication abortion. Table in highly-trafficked areas and make announcements about the importance of on-campus abortion care in class and at student organization meetings to collect signatures.
Create an Educational Campaign
Distribute fact sheets (like our campaign fact sheet), share infographics on social media, table, host an event—get creative! Design your campaign to educate students and dispel harmful myths about medication abortion.