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NARAL Pro-Choice California Co-sponsored Bills

Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 authored by Senate pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: Amends the state Constitution to prohibit the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s reproductive freedom, and declare that individuals have a fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and to use or refuse birth control.

Senate Bill 245, Abortion Accessibility Act, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez: 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. Chaptered. Signed by the Governor March, 22, 2022

Senate Bill 523, Contraceptive Equity Act of 2021, authored by Senator Connie Leyva: Ensures greater contraceptive equity regardless of an individual’s gender identity, insurance coverage status, or place of employment. 2-year bill. Awaiting hearing in Asm. Appropriations

Senate Bill 1142 authored by Senator Anna Caballero & Senator Nancy Skinner: Creates a fund for organizations that provide practical and logistical support to patients who need help overcoming barriers to accessing abortion care. The bill also establishes a website with comprehensive information regarding accessing abortion care in California.

Assembly Bill 2134 authored by Dr. Akilah Weber: Establishes a program to reimburse abortion providers who provide care to patients with low incomes and those who face financial barriers to accessing abortion and contraception.

Assembly Bill 2223 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks: Ensures that no one in California will be investigated, prosecuted, or incarcerated for ending a pregnancy or experiencing pregnancy loss.

Additional NARAL Championed Future of Abortion Council Bills 

Senate Bill 1245 authored by Senator Sydney Kamlager establishes a reproductive health pilot project in Los Angeles County to support innovative approaches and patient-centered collaborations to safeguard patient access to abortions, regardless of residency.

Senate Bill 1375 authored by Senate pro Tempore Toni Atkins: Allows nurse-practitioners that meet specified criteria and training requirements to provide first-trimester abortion independently.

Assembly Bill 657 authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper: Allows the Medical Board of California, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, the Board of Registered Nursing, and the Physician Assistant Board to expedite the licensure process of an applicant who can demonstrate that they intend to provide abortion services within their scope of practice.

Assembly Bill 1242 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: Protects California providers and patients from specified law enforcement actions that stem from any investigations based on providing or accessing abortion that is legally allowed under California law. Specifically, this bill prohibits California law enforcement from carrying out arrests that are based on hostile laws from other states and would prohibit an arrest in California of someone who provides, aids in the performance of, or receives an abortion in California.

Assembly Bill 1666 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: Protects patients and providers in California from civil liability judgments for providing reproductive health care to patients when the claims are based on laws in other states that are hostile to abortion rights and are contrary to the public policy of California.

Assembly Bill 1918 authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris: Creates the California Reproductive Health Scholarship Corps, responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse workforce of health care professionals who will provide reproductive health services, including abortion, in underserved areas of California.

Assembly Bill 2091 authored by Assemblymember Mia Bonta: Enhances privacy protections for medical records related to abortion care under California’s Reproductive Privacy Act against disclosures to law enforcement and out-of-state third parties seeking to enforce hostile abortion bans in other states.

Assembly Bill 2205 authored by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo: Provides transparency of the funds available that are specifically designated for abortion services.

Assembly Bill 2320 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia: Establishes and administers a pilot program to direct funds to community health clinics that provide reproductive health care services in five counties and requires a participating health clinic to undertake specified activities to improve health care delivery for marginalized patients.

Assembly Bill 2529 authored by Assemblymember Laurie Davies & Assemblymember Lisa Calderon: Expands the Song-Brown Workforce Training Act to include Certified Nurse-Midwifery and Licensed Midwifery training programs. Adding these training programs as eligible applicants for Song-Brown funding, will increase Californians’ access to high-quality maternity care providers throughout the State.

Assembly Bill 2586 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia: Establishes a working group with specified membership to examine the root causes of the reproductive health and sexual health inequities in California, and requires the working group to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2024, with recommendations of how to decrease reproductive health and sexual health disparities that cover specified topics, including barriers to abortion access and contraception. AB 2586 also establishes the California Reproductive Justice and Freedom Fund to support community-based organizations to provide medically accurate, culturally congruent, comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education, inclusive of abortion, to disproportionately impacted communities.

Assembly Bill 2626 authored by Assemblymember Lisa Calderon: Protects abortion providers in California by prohibiting the removal or suspension of medical licenses for a licensee providing abortion care in California who is complying with California law.

Other NARAL-Supported & Scored Bills

Senate Bill 951 authored by Senator Maria Elena Durazo: Proposes to phase in increased wage replacement rates for low wage workers so that by January 1, 2025, low wage workers would receive 90% wage replacement for the first 16 weeks of State Disability Insurance (SDI) and all 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL). All other workers would receive 70% wage replacement up to the maximum weekly benefit amount for the first 16 weeks of SDI and all 8 weeks of PFL.

Senate Bill 1058 authored by Senator Maria Elena Durazo requires the Employment Development Department to collect race and ethnicity data from Paid Family Leave (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) claimants to help ensure equitable access to Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance programs.

Assembly Bill 32 authored by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry: 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. 2-year bill

Assembly Bill 1041 authored Assemblymember Buffy Wicks: Expands 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. 2-year bill

Assembly Bill 2029 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks: Reduces discrimination and increases equity in coverage for infertility treatment. Dead – Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

Assembly Bill 2080 Health Care Consolidation and Contracting Fairness Act of 2022 authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood: Protects comprehensive reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare access in all regions of the state by strengthening and expanding the oversight of the California Attorney General over new health care mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions and prohibiting anti-competitive contracting practices.

NARAL-Supported Bills in Allied Issues Areas

Racial and Gender Justice; LGBTQ, Immigration, and Democracy/Civil Rights

Senate Bill 17 authored by Senator Richard Pan establishes the Office of Racial Equity and the Racial Equity Advisory and Accountability Council. 2-year bill

Senate Bill 107 authored by Senator Scott Wiener provides a refuge to transgender youth and their families who are fleeing from any state that criminalizes gender-affirming health care.

Senate Bill 300 Sentencing Reform Act of 2021 authored by Senator Dave Cortese increases fairness in the justice system by reforming California’s unjust “felony murder special circumstance” law by ensuring that the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) will not be imposed on a person who did not kill or intend that a person die during the commission of a felony, such as robbery or burglary. The bill also addresses the injustice of mandatory life without parole sentences by restoring to judges the discretion to impose a parole eligible sentence should they deem that it best serves the interest of justice.

Senate Bill 923 authored by Senator Scott Wiener requires a range of health care providers, their staff, and health insurer staff to complete cultural competency training regarding trans-inclusive health care

Senate Bill 1162 authored by Assemblymember Monique Limon helps to close the gender and race wage gaps by increasing pay transparency.

Senate Bill 1083 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner continues part of the work of SB 65, the CA Momnibus Act from 2021, by making reforms to the CalWORKS homelessness programs. It seeks to ensure that pregnant people and families who are currently on CalWORKS have housing support

Senate Bill 1234 authored by Senator Richard Pan advances health equity and address the alarming rise of sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates statewide by closing gaps in access to STI services for uninsured LGBTQ+ Californians with low incomes, and other patients who currently lack access to affordable or confidential STI prevention and treatment. 

Assembly Bill 92 authored by Eloise Gomez Reyes alleviates financial burdens for families who are low income by creating an equitable sliding scale for child care family fees

Assembly Bill 256 Racial Justice Act for All authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra provides a mechanism for relief for those whose convictions or sentences were based upon race, ethnicity, or national origin.

Assembly Bill 937 VISION Act authored by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo protects community members who have already been deemed eligible for release from being funneled by local jails and our state prison system to immigration detention for deportation.

Assembly Bill 2182 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks prohibits discrimination against employees based on their family responsibilities 

Assembly Bill 2464 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia requires the California State University (CSU) to grant an employee a leave of absence with pay for one semester of an academic year following the birth of a child of the employee or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with the adoption or foster care of the child by the employee.

Assembly Bill 2516 authored by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry requires health plans to cover the HPV vaccine.

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