A new bill in Massachusetts would, if passed, force all state colleges and universities to provide pharmaceutical abortions to students.
According to State House News Service, House Bill 2399 and its companion bill Senate Bill 1470 would require student health centers at higher education institutions to provide students with abortion-inducing drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and provide students with referrals to facilities that can perform surgical abortions.
The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa and Sen. Jason Lewis, would also require the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to record the annual number of abortions provided on campus.
California became the first state to pass similar legislation back in 2019.
Both pro-life and pro-abortion advocates spoke on the implications of the bill at a recent legislative hearing.
“People who give birth while in college are less likely to graduate than those who do not and 89 percent of students say that having a child while in school would make it harder to achieve their goals,” said Carrie Baker, professor of women and gender studies at Smith College in Northampton.
“I want you to imagine a daughter of yours being sent off to college, only to learn that the school is an adjunct to places like Planned Parenthood,” said Dr. Mark Rollo, a family physician from Fitchburg. “I am sickened by the thought of a young woman hemorrhaging while she sits on the toilet in a college dormitory or looking into the toilet to see a fully formed fetus about to be flushed.”
Pharmaceutical abortions are far from harmless to the mother—to say nothing of the death of her child. A 2009 study titled “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy” found that approximately 20 percent of drug-induced abortions had complications compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and “incomplete abortions” were the most common complications.
Of course, if the bill passes, Massachusetts taxpayers would be responsible to foot the bill for these “services,” including offering colleges and universities grants of up to $200,000 to equip their student health care centers to offer abortion drugs.
Debby Dugan, a pro-life advocate and member of the Republican State Committee, urged legislators to kill the bill.
“[Abortion] enslaves [women] to a lifetime of shame and guilt,” she said. “I beseech you not to do this. As a Christian woman, I believe each and every one of us will be held accountable for our actions. And you, ladies and gentlemen, also will be held accountable for your actions today.”
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