California has a proud legacy of respecting reproductive freedom and funding forward-thinking programs to provide coverage for essential reproductive-health services for low-income Californians. The power of these laws is only fully realized when clients are informed of their rights. As reproductive rights come under attack around the country, it is critical that women know how to access comprehensive reproductive health care. Decisions around family planning and pregnancy and extremely time-sensitive, and women must get the care they need as quickly as possible.
Women's health in California is also threatened by organizations known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that pose as comprehensive reproductive-health centers, but are, in fact, anti-choice organizations that target women with the goal of blocking them from considering abortion as an option. NARAL Pro-Choice California's undercover investigation found that 91% of CPCs visited falsely linked abortion with health problems like breast cancer, infertility, depression and even death.
The Reproductive FACT Act helps women get informed and connected to reproductive health services so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
AB 775 requires licensed clinics that provide pregnancy-related services to inform women of state programs that provide financial assistance for family planning, contraception, prenatal care and abortion. It also requires all unlicensed facilities that provide pregnancy-related services, including anti-choice ‘crisis pregnancy centers' (CPCs), to prominently display and include in their advertising a statement that clarifies that they are not medical facilities licensed by the state of California.
Distributing a notice of reproductive health programs would ensure that women in any licensed reproductive health facility know that California provides assistance. Disclosing the unlicensed status of a facility allows women to make fully informed decisions. The Reproductive FACT Act will help ensure that the intent of California’s strong laws that protect reproductive freedom for California is fully realized.
AB 775 is sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Black Women for Wellness and supported by more than 30 organizations.
This bill would require all health care service plans and health insurers (including Medi-Cal managed care plans) to cover up to 12-months of FDA-approved self-administered hormonal contraceptives (including oral contraceptives, transdermal patches, and vaginal rings) when dispensed at one time. NARAL Pro-Choice California is cosponsoring this bill with California Family Health Council and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
AB 1954 seeks to allow individuals enrolled in commercial health plans to go out of network if they lack timely access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care from an appropriate in-network provider. The measure will also prohibit health insurance plans from requiring a referral prior to a patient accessing this essential health care. California Family Health Council, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness are co-sponsoring this measure.
Buying feminine hygiene products is not a choice for women. In spite of this, California taxes tampons and sanitary napkins. While these necessary health products should be free, eliminating the tax on tampons and sanitary napkins is an important first step in making them more affordable.
AB 1561 is a bipartisan effort to make feminine hygiene products exempt from the sales and use tax at both the state and local level. The women of California pay over 20 million dollars annually for taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins. This bill will end a longstanding tax on women in California. Across the world, countries as well as select states in the US are organizing to repeal the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, which are necessary health products for women. From Canada, to the UK, to Malaysia, political leaders have repealed, reduced, or are under pressure from activists to jettison the "tampon tax.” California should continue to be a leader in addressing gender inequality by making tampons and sanitary napkins tax-free.