Pro-life group warns Calif. universities after lawmakers pass abortion bill: 'You will get sued'
The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by the governor, would require public universities in the state to offer abortion pills to pregnant students, up to ten weeks.
Students for Life Action Executive Director Matt Lamb warned universities that they "will get sued" over a bill recently passed by the state legislature.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is expected to sign a bill that would require public colleges in the state to offer abortion pills for students who are pregnant up to ten weeks.
The state legislature passed the bill in September. Newsom has until October 13 to sign it into law, the Sacramento Bee reported. But pro-life advocates, like Students for Life Action executive director Matt Lamb, are warning politicians and universities of the potential fallout.
Lamb spoke with Campus Reform Managing Editor Jon Street about the bill, as well as what's on Students for Life's radar this school year.
Lamb said the bill, if signed into law, "poses a huge liability" for public universities, warning the institutions "you will get sued."
"From a fiscal level, it poses a huge liability to the school because how it works is you take [the abortion pills], and it basically induces a miscarriage but it's abortion because you're purposefully causing the death of your pre-born baby and you pretty much just have to wait in a bathroom or your dorm room until the baby essentially dies and you pass and deliver it....that's a huge liability," Lamb said.
Lamb went on to explain why he sees the requirement imposed under the potential new law as a risk.
"The health center workers are not trained on how to do this, so we've warned the schools, you're putting yourselves at risk. You will get sued and the other thing is conscience rights. So students being forced to pay for it, taxpayers, but also health workers."
"So you assume you're a nurse and you apply to work at a health center at a school...they didn't sign up to work an abortion mill," Lamb said.
California state Sen. Connie Layva, who introduced the bill that now awaits the governor's signature, released a statement following the legislature's passage of the bill, saying, "by ensuring that abortion care is available on campus, college students will not have to choose between delaying important medical care or having to travel long distances or miss classes or work."
"I thank the Governor for inviting women from conservative states seeking abortions to come to California to access their right to abortion care. I also appreciate Governor Newsom’s public declaration of support last year for SB 320—the previous version of SB 24—and am hopeful that he will continue to prioritize the rights of all Californians seeking abortion care, including those attending California’s public university campuses," Layva added.
California's previous governor, Jerry Brown, declined to sign similar legislation because “services required by this bill are widely available off-campus." Therefore, he concluded, "this bill is not necessary."