NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA CO-SPONSORED BILLS
Senate Bill 65, California Momnibus: Reimagining Maternal Health, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner
SB 65, the CA Momnibus bill would re-imagine maternal health in order to improve perinatal outcomes, close racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, and improve data collection and research on socioeconomic factors that contribute to negative birth outcomes. Status: Passed out of the Senate; headed to the Assembly.
Senate Bill 245, Abortion Accessibility Act, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez
SB 245, the Abortion Accessibility Act, removes cost-sharing for abortion care so that no one in California is unable to access care because of the cost of the service. Did you know that many Californians have to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs to access abortion care? California may lead the nation when it comes to protecting abortion rights, but without access to affordable care, the right to abortion is a right in name only. Status: Awaiting Senate Floor vote.
Senate Bill 379, Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act, authored by Senator Scott Wiener
SB 379 would ensure that all UC healthcare providers practicing in non-UC facilities are able to provide comprehensive reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare. Did you know that the University of California—the 4th largest healthcare provider in California, which trains over 50% of California’s medical students and residents, and treats millions of Californians every year—has entered contracts with hospitals that prohibit UC practitioners and students from providing reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare? Reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive care should not be denied by UC Health. Status: Was made into a 2-year bill out of Sen. Appropriations.
Senate Bill 523, Contraceptive Equity Act of 2021, authored by Senator Connie Leyva
SB 523 will expand and modernize birth control access in California, and ensure greater contraceptive equity statewide, regardless of an individual’s gender or insurance coverage status. Specifically, SB 523 will: 1). Make California’s contraceptive equity laws gender neutral; 2). Require coverage of over-the-counter birth control options to increase access to time-sensitive care; 3). Extend contraceptive coverage benefits to millions of Californians including state workers, university employees, and college students; and 4). Clearly prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees based on their contraceptive and reproductive health decisions. Status: Awaiting Senate Floor vote.
OTHER NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA SCORED BILLS
Assembly Bill 32 authored by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (SUPPORT)
AB 32 requires the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to extend the telehealth flexibilities in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, AB 32 ensures patients will continue to have access to care by maintaining parity in reimbursement for telehealth services for Medi-Cal managed care plans. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 123 authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (SUPPORT)
AB 123 would increase wage replacement rates for the 18.7 million Californians covered under California’s Paid Family Leave program. Specifically, AB 123 would guarantee workers 90 percent of their income during the period of their leave. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 366 authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (SUPPORT)
AB 366 will greatly improve the health outcomes of youth in care and ensure healthy futures for foster youth. Specifically, AB 366: 1). Extends the infant supplement currently available once a child is born to three months prior to the expected delivery date of the child; 2) Requires county social workers to include key information on access to education in reports to the juvenile courts; and 3) Requires the Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services, and the Department of Public Health, to report health outcome and performance data on implementation of youths sexual and reproductive health education, rights, and barriers to care. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 367 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (SUPPORT)
AB 367 will increase access to menstrual products in public schools maintaining grades 6-12, California State University and community college campuses, and public agency buildings. AB 367 is a critical step toward removing barriers to equity for all Californians who menstruate, especially those who have struggled to access menstrual products due to gender or income. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 935 authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (SUPPORT)
AB 935 will require health insurers and plans to develop a provider-to-provider telehealth consultation program to connect primary care providers with experts in maternal or pediatric mental health to enable providers to appropriately diagnose and best treat children and pregnant or postpartum patients experiencing a mental health disorder. Status: Made into a 2-year bill by the author’s office.
Assembly Bill 1007 authored by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (SUPPORT)
AB 1007 will provide reparations to survivors of forced sterilization under California’s eugenics laws from 1909 to 1979; and survivors of involuntary sterilizations in women’s state prisons after 1979. Additionally, an outreach and sterilization notification program will be established in consultation with community-based organizations, and markers will be placed at designated sites, raising awareness of the unjust sterilization of thousands of people. It is imperative that the Legislature confront California’s long history of reproductive violence against Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; people with disabilities; LGBTQI+ people; people in carceral settings; and/or people living in poverty. AB 1007 serves as a vital first step to materially acknowledge the discriminatory harms inflicted on a large number of Californians and to prevent eugenic sterilization of vulnerable populations into the future. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 1356 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (SUPPORT)
AB 1356 will protect patients and providers at reproductive health centers by updating the California Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) and modernizing online privacy laws. Specifically, AB 1356 will: 1) Increase penalties in the CA FACE Act to ensure offenders are held accountable for the fear and harassment they inflict; 2). Expand the definition of visual harassment to keep reproductive healthcare workers safe from online harassment; and 3). Increase legal protections for providers and patients commensurate with the risks they face. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 1041 authored Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (SUPPORT)
AB 1041 will expand the definition of “family member” for purposes of family and sick leave to allow workers to take job protected time off to care for “an individual related by blood or whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship. Status: Awaiting Assembly Floor vote.
Assembly Bill 1184 authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (SUPPORT)
AB 1184 strengthens confidentiality protections for patients receiving sensitive health services. Specifically, this bill will ensure patient information is protected by establishing automatic confidentiality when accessing sensitive services, putting the responsibility on the insurer rather than the patient. This bill will also expand the definition of sensitive services to include transgender healthcare and behavioral healthcare, to ensure more individuals are able to have their privacy protected. Status: Passed out of the Assembly; headed to the Senate.
Senate Bill 217 authored by Senator Brian Dahle (OPPOSE)
SB 217 imposes a one-size-fits-all requirement on California’s comprehensive sexual health education instruction, adding unnecessary barriers to the delivery of school-based comprehensive sexual health education. By adding unnecessary barriers, this legislation would impose a burden on effective, proven health education at a time when students need health education the most. Status: Dead.
Senate Bill 306 authored by Senator Richard Pan (SUPPORT)
SB 306 provides a robust approach to addressing California’s STD public health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The measure aims to strengthen California’s public health infrastructure and expand access to STD coverage and care to improve health outcomes and create a more equitable health system. Status: Awaiting Senate Floor vote.
Senate Bill 374 authored by Senator Dave Min (SUPPORT)
SB 374 seeks to provide necessary clarity to California’s definition of domestic violence by adding reproductive coercion to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). Reproductive coercion is experienced by many domestic violence survivors. SB 374 will help to empower domestic survivors to identify the abuse they have experienced. Status: Passed out of the Senate; headed to the Assembly.