Call to Oppose SB-24

Call members of Senate Appropriations and Oppose SB-24–Phone numbers below

SB-24 (Leyva) Public health: public university student health centers: abortion by medication techniques.(2019-2020)


Mandates on and after January 1, 2023, each public university student health center to offer abortion by medication techniques as up to 10 or 12 weeks as a “basic health service.”

Arguments in Opposition:

  • No other states currently provide medical abortions at their state college and university student health centers.
  • Californians for Life write this bill is a pro-abortion effort which does nothing to help pregnant students on campus find the comprehensive resources they need in order to have real choices, real options, other than abortion.
  • CSU and the UC systems have not weighed in on the issue besides stating that the Student Health Centers are concerned with the need for follow-up care and back-up care for emergencies once the medication is administered.
  • Donna Harrison, the executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says abortion pills can be deadly.
  • “The false idea that drug-induced abortion is ‘safe’ is an often repeated mantra which flies in the face of the fact that studies show almost one out of five women will experience a major complication like excessive bleeding, infection, tissue left inside or other complications resulting in an emergency room visit and possibly emergency surgery to complete the abortion,”
  • Staff may not be able to maintain the skill necessary to use an ultrasound machine to accurately determine whether the medication can be administered safely.

 History: Passed out of Senate Health and Senate Appropriations

 Next Step: Set for hearing May 13 – Senate Appropriations

 Will head to Senate Floor for a vote and then to Assembly policy committees

Member Role Party/District Cities Capitol District Email
Anthony J. Portantino Chair D-25 (916) 651-4025 Glendale: (818) 409-0400, San Dimas: (909) 599-7351
Patricia C. Bates Vice Chair R-36 (916) 651-4036 Laguna Hills: (949) 598-5850, Encinitas: (760) 642-0809
Brian W. Jones (916) 651-4038 El Cajon: (619) 596-3136
Steven Bradford D-35 (916) 651-4035 (310) 412-6120
Jerry Hill D-13 (916) 651-4013 (650) 212-3313
Bob Wieckowski D-10 a (916) 651-4010 (510) 794-3900