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Back in committee for consideration this Wednesday is state legislation mandating California public university health centers offer students chemical abortions as a “basic health service.” The bill, SB 320, stalled last year over California State University and University of California concerns about safety, cost, and liability.A new version of the bill being considered in the Senate Health Committee, still mandates CSU and UC university health centers provide chemical abortions, but it also establishes a private/public fund to pay for the additional costs associated with dispensing abortion drugs.

But the Obama administration interpreted “preventive services” as including birth control; insurers are now required to cover 18 birth control methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including birth control pills, implantable devices and so-called morning after contraceptives, at no cost to the patient.

A series of lawsuits filed over the last five years by priests, nuns, charitable organizations, hospitals, advocacy groups and others helped chip away at the contraceptive coverage requirement.

More than 55 million women now have access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study conducted by the Obama administration.

But the Trump administration has drafted a far-reaching rule, leaked last week, that would greatly expand the number of employers and insurers that could qualify for exemptions from the birth control mandate by claiming a moral or a religious objection.

Pro-life advocates are appalled that state legislators want California universities to get directly involved in the abortion business.

They also believe it is unconscionable that politicians would promote a drug which will leave an untold number of female students struggling with the trauma of giving birth to their dead babies up to 10 weeks old in their dorm rooms.(Obamacare does not require insurers to cover vasectomies.) The bill has passed the New York Assembly, but awaits action in the state senate. Schneiderman, a Democrat, called for similar legislation last year, but said in an interview that Mr. Nuns outside the Supreme Court in 2016 ahead of oral arguments in Zubik v.Burwell, which challenged the government’s accommodation of religious groups that refused to comply with the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act.“We were anticipating this attack would come,” he said.With the future of the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation — in doubt and the Trump administration planning to roll back the act’s mandate that employers cover contraceptives, the battle over birth control is shifting to the states.Currently, 28 states have some type of “contraceptive equity” law, aimed at making birth control cheaper and more accessible.In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that family-owned businesses could not be forced to pay for coverage that included contraception if doing so violated the business owners’ religious beliefs.

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