GOP lawmakers aim to defuse impact of Calif. pro-abortion law

GOP lawmakers aim to defuse impact of Calif. pro-abortion law

GOP lawmakers aim to defuse impact of Calif. pro-abortion law

More than a dozen Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to convince higher education not to allow campus health centers to become dispensaries for abortion-inducing drugs.

A law goes into effect in 2023 requiring California's tax-supported colleges and universities to dispense abortion drugs to students and faculty on campus. Other states are beginning to follow. At a press conference on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) addressed the fact that too often what happens in in the Golden State spreads well beyond state lines.

Daines, Sen. Steve (R-Montana) Daines

"That can become the mainstream in America, and we've seen that several times in our nation's history," the Montana Republican stated. "What is on the fringe of a far-left kind of position suddenly can become mainstream in this country, and we've got to stop it. We must protect life."

Daines is the Senate sponsor of the "Protecting Life on College Campuses Act," which was introduced at the press conference. "These do-it-yourself abortions put young women in dangerous situations that they are oftentimes forced to deal with alone in their dorm room," he said.

Among the pro-life groups supporting the legislation is Students for Life. That group's executive director spoke at a press conference.

"What we found in California as we're talking with school administrators and students is that they don't want the liability that this law brings. [They don't want] the risk of death and injury and infertility that can result from women taking these pills," said Kristan Hawkins. "They simply do not want women having abortions in dormitory bathrooms, in toilet bowls."

If the bill is passed, campuses that insist on being abortion vendors will find it very difficult to obtain federal money.

A companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Mary Miller (R-Illinois).