Congressional Republicans introduced a bill that would prohibit federal funds from going to universities that provide chemical abortion pills to students.
Illinois Rep. Mary Miller and Montana Sen. Steve Daines co-sponsored the legislation in response to a 2019 California bill requiring public universities to provide chemical abortion pills to students beginning in 2023. The California legislation became the first in the nation to require abortion medication on campuses and was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The bill applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University systems. According to NBC News, the law can only be implemented in 2023 if a state commission can raise more than $10 million in private donations to pay for it.
The Republican bill also aims to curb blue states from instituting similar laws on public universities in the future.
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