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California Assembly backs medication abortion on campuses

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has voted to require all public universities to offer medication abortions at their campus health centers.

The measure approved Wednesday would make California the first state with such a mandate.

None of the 34 University of California or California State University campuses currently offer abortion services.

Private donors have agreed to pay millions of dollars in startup costs including ultrasound machines and staff training. Universities would be required to offer the service by 2022. Medication abortion uses two pills to induce abortion up to 10 weeks into pregnancy.

Abortion rights advocates say it can be difficult and expensive for women to seek abortions off campus.

The anti-abortion group Students for Life called the vote a tragedy.

The measure returns to the Senate.

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