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California Assembly Passes the Reproductive FACT Act
(Sacramento, CA) Today, the California State Assembly passed AB 775, known as the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, by a 49-26 vote. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-Los Angeles), requires that unlicensed facilities that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. Licensed reproductive health clinics must notify patients that California has programs to help them access affordable family planning, abortion services and prenatal care. The bill is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, NARAL Pro-Choice California and Black Women for Wellness.
"California provides innovative public programs that offer critical reproductive and prenatal health care to women, regardless of ability to pay,” said Assemblymember Chiu. "We know that reproductive and pregnancy-related care is time sensitive. Our legislation ensures that women receive timely and standard care when seeking services in our state, no matter where they go.”
"We’ve long guaranteed a woman’s right to privacy to make her own reproductive choices and have access to a basic level of health care, but that right is an empty promise if she lacks the ability to obtain care and services, or if she doesn’t know about all of the options available,” said Assemblywoman Burke. "With AB 775, all clinics will be held to the same standard, and all patients will have access to clear, timely information about their health care rights.”
"California has been a national leader in promoting and protecting equal access to the full range of women’s reproductive health care options,” said Attorney General Harris."The Reproductive FACT Act will ensure that women are empowered to make informed and timely decisions about their health and their bodies.”
"Today, the Assembly sent a clear message that women deserve information to help them make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families,” said Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. "With this vote, California leaders are demonstrating to the rest of the country what it means to truly respect reproductive freedom and the dignity of women.”
"The fact of the matter is it's a simple bill. We trust women to make the best decisions," said Nourbese Flint of Black Women for Wellness. "By ensuring women have access to reproductive health information free from coercion, and by informing women of the full range of choices available to live healthy full lives regardless of, race, income or geographic location, we are saying that women are able to make the best decisions about our future. Our livelihoods and our health shouldn't be subject to the biased opinions of strangers who are more concerned about pushing an agenda then my or my community’s health.”