Over the summer Columbia University quietly ended a program that once guaranteed all students free and confidential access to abortion care. We’re fighting to bring those protections back! We’ve launched a campaign of students, campus groups, alumni, and professors.
Learn how you can help:
Go to our Take Action page and help us pressure Columbia to restore its commitment to protecting students.
The highlights from the official statement of the Columbia University Democrats and allied student groups:
This year, Columbia University chose to end a program that had provided complete and confidential coverage for students seeking abortions. The resulting gap in coverage is troubling and puts young women who are in a vulnerable situation even more at risk. The Columbia University College Democrats and our allies are pressuring the University to create a fund dedicated to internal financial protections for our student body. We advocate the creation of an access fund to ensure access to coverage for all students seeking medically necessary abortions.
We need the University to provide confidential, financial support for students, so that we can be protected in our most vulnerable moments. Although University administrators acknowledge that this protection is critical for student health, they have made no serious effort to work with us toward a solution. Columbia’s inaction leaves students vulnerable to extreme financial and personal burdens, ones that could dramatically affect their health, wellbeing, and ability to remain students at this institution…
Where we once had a guarantee of safe, confidential protection, we now have a large and troubling gap. When faced with a difficult medical situation, we should be able to rely on our community here for support, like we once could. We urge the University either to propose a specific, viable program for protection or to work with us toward finding one. Until the University demonstrates the willingness and ability to do so, we will continue to advocate for student health and the coverage we need.
The Columbia University College Democrats
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