IKDR! California continues to lead the nation’s fight for reproductive health care access and privacy. Governor Gavin Newsom has been on a roll signing more bills left and right. He is shaking the table as he implements positive changes to benefit women seeking abortion.
According to your official website, enacted additional bills to further protect individuals from legal retaliation and prohibit law enforcement and corporations from cooperating with out-of-state entities regarding legal abortions in California. As well as expanding access to contraception and abortion providers in California.
In a statement, Governor Newsom said:
“An alarming number of states continue to outlaw abortion and criminalize women, and it is more important than ever to fight for those who need these essential services. We are doing everything we can to protect people from any retaliation for accessing abortion services while also making it more affordable to obtain contraception.”
He added: “Our Legislature has been at the forefront of this fight, and no other legislative body in the country is doing more to protect these fundamental rights. I am proud to stand with them again and sign these critical bills into law.”
There’s a lot in the pack, so we’ll break it down, Roomies!
Reports show that AB 2223 helps ensure that pregnancy loss is not criminalized by prohibiting a person from being held criminally or civilly liable for miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or perinatal death due to causes that occurred in the womb. House Bill 2091 prohibits a health care provider from disclosing medical information about a person seeking abortion services in response to an out-of-state subpoena or request.
AB 1242 prohibits California corporations and law enforcement from cooperating with out-of-state entities regarding legal abortion in California. It also prohibits law enforcement from knowingly arresting a person for assisting in a legal abortion in California. SB 523 expands access to birth control, regardless of gender or insurance coverage status, by requiring health plans to cover specific over-the-counter birth control methods without cost sharing. It also prohibits employment-related discrimination based on reproductive health decisions.
Finally, SB 1375 expands training options for nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives to provide aspiration abortion services. Governor Newsom stands ten fingers to the side of the women. If he recalls, he previously signed SB 245 to eliminate cost sharing for abortion services and AB 1666, which seeks to protect people in California from civil liability for providing, assisting or receiving abortion services in the state.
Roommates, you can expect more changes in California as Governor Newsom has to sign or veto more than 500 bills before September 30.