Host intro: In California, Senator Connie Leyva proposed senate bill 320 that would require public universities to offer the abortion medications mifepristone (mefa-pri-stone) and misoprostol (Mice-o-prost-owl). We have Omar Perez on the campus of San Jose State University to hear student’s opinion on the controversial bill.
We met up with vice president of Spartans for Life Mariana Miranda on campus to discuss why she believes the possible health risk are overshadowed although the medication is FDA approved.
Miranda: “My primary concern is for the health of our female peers. It’s just not being talked about enough and the people who have written this bill or who are like working to support try to pass it off as extremely safe and private and it’s not going to lead to complications. But there are history of recorded complications that occur with women who have used it.”
Host: Some of the possible side effects that she refers to can be hemorrhaging, blood clots or infections that may lead to death.
Miranda: “If there is even the risk of one girl having to go through that, that’s something that we should be really concerned about. “
Host: Not all students at SJSU share this point of view, Sociology major Alee Ransbottom thinks that the pill will be beneficial to students.
Ransbottom: “I think it may be a good idea in that sometimes it’s hard for people to go to Planned Parenthood and sometimes there even ashamed to go because people are outside protesting against it so maybe having it on campus would be a better way for them to get it.”
Even if the California Senate adopts the bill, there is still much to be done before becoming law. From San Jose State, Omar Perez.
Ortega is an economist, professor, powerlifter and hopes to soon add California lieutenant governor to the list. A firm believer in the power of the individual and the value of education, Ortega wishes to take her role as advocate for students to the state capitol. Salvatore Maxwell reports.
We are at Ortega’s office in the economics department where her busy schedule teaching and running a campaign keeps her moving from one place to the next.
During her time as economics department chair at San Jose State, Ortega has seen firsthand the difficulties students face paying for school and working with limited resources.
“I don’t underestimate what the trustees know but sometimes they need to hear a story about what has happened to the students and where they’re being hurt the most on this.” 0:43
She plans to spend a big part of her time voicing student’s concerns if she is elected lieutenant governor.
“That means going to the campuses. Going up and down California and both listening and talking to constituents to tell them what’s going on in Sacramento and to take their concerns back to Sacramento.” 0:17
Ortega recognizes that it will not be possible to achieve her goals at the state legislature level without compromise.
“I had training on that since I was a child.” 1:22
Mediating the arguments between her republican mother and her democratic father taught Ortega the art of compromise.
“They fought a lot and I was the peacemaker. I was the one that found the common ground.” 1:29
Her parent’s arguments allowed Ortega to understand two different political views but it was neither her mom nor dad that influenced her decision to register as a republican.
“What made me think about a particular party was Milton Friedman.” 2:45
Ortega was in college when she first heard the Nobel prize-winning economist’s ideas about the free market.
“I said I agree with this. I agree with the rational thinking, with the logic that he’s presenting and then I looked for the party that supported that agreement and that would have been the republican party.”
Ortega has never let anything stop her from pursuing something she wanted. She admits feeling defeated at times when things like sexism threatened to put her behind but she did not let it stop her.
“I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.” 13:34
The run for lieutenant governor is just another challenge Ortega is ready to take.