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.READ MORE: 'I Feel Taken Advantage Of': Call Kurtis Investigates Insurance Rates Pricing People Out Of The Foothills
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.READ MORE: WATCH: Suspect Recorded Running From Hit-And-Run Crash Scene In Sacramento
Abortion rights advocates say it can be difficult and expensive for women to seek abortions off campus.
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The measure returns to the Senate.