BERKELEY, Calif. — The student government body at the University of California at Berkeley has unanimously approved a resolution calling upon administrators to open an abortion facility on campus.
Student Senator Aanchal Chugh had proposed the idea, stating that the facility is needed as university students are in the age bracket where the most abortions occur.
“We feel that student health is something that the administration has not been focused on,” she told CBS News. “And it’s important for students to do well academically.”
Resolution 69, which was passed on Wednesday, claims that it is a “burden” for students to have to go off-campus to obtain an abortion.
“When medication abortion is not available at UHS, students who are seeking an abortion face financial, time, and travel constraint burdens that create negative impacts on academic performance and mental health,” it reads. “UHS is a health center dedicated to meeting the health needs of students in order for students to be able to upkeep their academic well-being.”
“Abortion is a common health-care service and access to abortion is necessary and relevant in student life,” the resolution claims.
Chugh told reporters that she wants abortions to be provided for free, and suggested that the costs should come out of administrators’ paychecks.
“The resolution does not expect students to pay for these services as I, and those who voted for it, believe that health is a right not a privilege,” she told Campus Reform. “The university should be providing this right to all students.”
“I believe the university should reorganize funds from the administration’s paychecks to university health services. Many of the administrators at UC Berkeley receive more than generous paychecks while they continue to put student health on the backburner,” Chugh stated. “This resolution is demanding that the university reconsider and reprioritize its funding. Instead of investing money into the administration’s paychecks, the university should be investing in students’ health and safety needs.”
But while the resolution passed the student government body unanimously, not all Berkeley students are on board with the concept.
“Making it accessible to people kind of screams, “Hey, you can go do whatever you want, and just come here and we’ll have it covered,’” student Bailey Mason told reporters.
The resolution only serves as a statement from students to express their wants to school leaders. It is now up to university administrators to decide whether they will accept or reject the idea. Roqua Montez, director of communications and media relations at Berkeley said that the school does support abortion, but believes there are enough abortion facilities in the area without having to open one on campus.
“UC Berkeley’s University Health Services fully supports women’s access to the full spectrum of contraception, emergency contraception, abortion and other pregnancy alternatives,” she said in a statement. “Fortunately, the Berkeley campus is surrounded by a high-quality, well-established network of health providers who are expert in this area.”
As previously reported, three years ago, a barefoot atheist jogger was captured screaming at the top of his lungs at a Christian man holding a sign on the Berkeley campus.
“I’m sick and tired of Christians being tolerated!” the jogger also screamed at a police officer. “You need to do something about the Christians here! I don’t feel comfortable with them.”