College Students in California Need to Access Abortion pills More Easily

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Kaitlyn Trevino, a student at Berkeley’s University of California, found out that she was pregnant a while back. Ms Trevino was upset by her unwanted pregnancy. However, she was extremely grateful for the compassion and kindness of the nurse. The termination of her pregnancy was not as difficult as she had expected it to be. Initially, Trevino was supposed to check in to an emergency room where a health professional was to identify whether her pregnancy was normal or ectopic. The charges for the emergency room visit amounted to $200 which she could not afford at the time. She was forced to spend much of the night at the healthcare facility which made her miss almost two shifts at an industrial attachment.

She was then supposed to book an appointment with a social worker who would then refer her to yet another healthcare professional. This triggered some questions from her employer which were very uncomfortable for her. Trevino also admits that it was very weird and lonely to go to an off-campus clinic all alone. Health centers at institutions of higher learning such as colleges and universities are trusted healthcare providers for thousands of students. The healthcare centers offer a wide range of services in the field of reproductive health including sexually transmitted diseases tests and birth control measures and pills. Students at the University of California demanded better access to reproductive health care that was comprehensive just two years ago.

Among the demands by the UC students included medical abortion pills. However, the request would go on to be rejected by the university administration. The campaign for reproductive health care services access to campus students has now grown to a campaign throughout the state of California. The efforts have prompted the introduction of Bill 320 by Senator Connie M. Leyva which is supposed to ensure that students who want to terminate their pregnancies can be able to do so long as the pregnancy is not more than ten-weeks-old. The California Senate approved the bill on Monday, and it now awaits to be passed by the state Assembly into law.

Many university health centers offer healthcare at subsidized costs to their students, but abortion care is not provided by any University health center in California. At least 519 students at 34 campuses in the California State University and the University of California seek abortion health care services outside of campus. Many students have admitted that seeking such care off-campus is not only expensive and time-wasting, it also makes them miss out on classes and assignments.