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Legislation would prohibit abortion coverage for state employees

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The measure would prohibit the state's Group Insurance Board from entering into a contract for health insurance that provides abortion services.

How those are defined is left up to the health plan, but they generally are only those considered to be medically necessary.

The bill would require California public universities to provide non-surgical abortions at their student health centers. It is already illegal for abortions to be paid for through the state's Medicaid program or on plans sold through state exchanges established under the federal Affordable Care Act.

He noted that the bill does not stop abortions from happening out-right.

The state Department of Employee Trust Funds now requires coverage for therapeutic abortions, which are deemed as medically necessary procedures.

"The evidence is clear that medical abortion is 98 percent effective for early abortion and extremely safe", Meckstroth said.

"I think that it's incredibly important because women of all ages, especially young women, need to make sure they have control over their future - that they have a choice of when they want to incorporate a family into their lives", Leyva said, according to the Sacramento Bee, when she introduced the proposal in mid-March. In March, junior Adiba Khan told The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's student-run newspaper, that students who wanted an abortion had to face too many "bureaucratic hurdles". Many on-campus student health centers on public colleges already offer reproductive health services, including contraception, pregnancy options counseling and other critical services for both women and men.

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"Not only will this bill destroy the lives of innocent children, but the chemical abortion medication being mandated has a notorious reputation for being very painful and traumatic", California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller said in a statement.

The 2013 bill banning state health insurance coverage of most abortions passed the Assembly but died in the Senate due to opposition from Democrats and indifference from Republican leaders. That bill would have restricted the ability of employees of religious organizations to obtain contraception through their insurance plans.

Neither UC nor CSU have taken a formal position on the issue yet.

"Governor Walker is focused on Wisconsin's economy and getting the state budget done", his spokesman Tom Evenson said Wednesday, echoing his comments from four years ago.

The bill's backers, including women's health groups, say that forcing students to leave campus to end a pregnancy can cause needless emotional, educational and financial problems, and that the medication - which consists of two pills - is simple to administer.

The renewed proposal has yet to receive a vote in committee.

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