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By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews September 6, 2019

( — The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif., is calling on all Catholics (and Christians in general) to pray that legislation to require access to “abortion by medication” at all of the state’s public universities not succeed.

“Promotion of abortion” is an “unacceptable solution to human problems,” he said, adding that we must provide “life-affirming alternatives.”

California Senate Bill 24 addresses the “availability of abortion by medication techniques at on-campus student health centers at public postsecondary educational institutions in the state. The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2023, each student health care services clinic on a California State University or University of California campus to offer abortion by medication techniques, as specified.”

The “abortion by medication techniques” is also known as the “abortion pill,” or RU-486.  In this “technique,” a pregnant woman is given mifepristone, which prevents the embryo from growing; she is then given misoprostol, which causes cramping and bleeding to empty her uterus.

“It’s kind of like having a really heavy, crampy period, and the process is very similar to an early miscarriage,” states Planned Parenthood.

SB 24 “mandates that the on-campus health centers of public universities in California offer abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486,” stated the California Catholic Conference. “Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill (SB 320) last year.  Yet proponents keep bringing up the same measure – unchanged and with no new evidence to support their position.”

“SB 24 also invites health centers to offer abortion counseling services to students but is specifically written in such a way to exclude pro-life counseling,” said the Conference. “This bill fails to allow students the opportunity to know any option other than abortion.”  ….