Elected Official Spotlight - Women's Caucus
By Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte | Oct. 26, 2022, 12:52 a.m.
California patients, providers, activists, and abortion-care support organizations have plenty to celebrate. With the recent passage of a package of bills sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council) -- whose members include PPMM’s VP of Public Affairs Lauren Babb and Associate Medical Dir. Dr. Jessica Hamilton -- California is leading the way in a post-Roe America.
Many thanks to the Legislative Women’s Caucus members who sponsored tough legislation and never backed down, even under intense opposition from anti-abortion protesters. Please join us in thanking these champions who serve Planned Parenthood Mar Monte communities:
AB 1666 (Bauer-Kahan) Civil Liability
Protects patients and providers 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.
SB 245 (Gonzalez) Abortion Accessibility Act
Removes cost-sharing for abortion services for patients on private insurance.
AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry) Telehealth
Requires the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to extend the telehealth flexibilities in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic, like payment parity for telehealth services in Medi-Cal managed care and remote enrollment and the ability to establish patients remotely.
SB 107 (Wiener) Transgender Youth and Family Refuge
Protects patients and providers in CA from civil liability judgments for providing gender affirming health care to patients when the claims are based on hostile laws in other states that are hostile to gender affirming care and are contrary to the public policy of California and protects medical privacy for patients seeking gender affirming care services in California.
AB 2091 (Bonta): Medical Privacy
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.
AB 2134 (Weber): California Abortion and Reproductive Equity Act (CARE Act)
Establishes the California Reproductive Health Equity Program which will provide grants to providers who provided uncompensated abortion and contraceptive care to patients with low incomes.
AB 2205 (Carrillo): Abortion Premium Transparency
Requires qualified health plans under Covered California to report annually to the Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care the total amounts of funds collected in the segregated abortion accounts to create greater transparency.
AB 2223 (Wicks): Decriminalization of Abortion & Pregnancy Loss
Creates clear and consistent guidance regarding existing protections under the Reproductive Privacy Act to protect people from prosecutions and criminalization of abortion or pregnancy loss.
SB 1142 (Caballero and Skinner): Access + Support for Abortion Patients
Creates a website with comprehensive and accurate information regarding accessing abortion services in California.
SB 1245 (Kamlager): Los Angeles County Reproductive Pilot Program
Establishes a reproductive health pilot project in LA County to support innovative approaches and patient centered collaborations for abortion.
AB 657 (Cooper): Expedited Licensure for Abortion Providers
Requires the Medical Board, the Osteopathic Medical Board, 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 abortions in California.
AB 1242 (Bauer- Kahan): Reproductive Rights
Prohibits a peace officer from arresting a person for performing or aiding in the performance of a lawful abortion or for obtaining an abortion and prohibits law enforcement agencies from cooperating with or providing information to an individual or agency from another state regarding a lawful abortion. Prohibits specified corporations from providing information to out-of-state entities regarding an abortion.
AB 1918 (Petrie-Norris): California Reproductive Health Service Corps
Establishes a Reproductive Scholarship Corps to improve the education pipeline for providers and creates a more robust and diverse workforce.
AB 2586 (C. Garcia): Reproductive Justice and Freedom Fund
Creates a grant program to fund community-based organizations who provide and promote medically accurate, comprehensive reproductive health information and sexual health education.
AB 2626 (Calderon): Abortion Provider Protections
Protects abortion providers by preventing the Medical Board of CA from revoking or suspending a medical license for a licensee providing abortion care in CA and in other states.
SB 1375 (Atkins): Nurse Practitioners and Access to Reproductive Care
Clarifies existing law that allows Nurse Practitioners who meet specified criteria to practice independently, without physician supervision, including first-trimester abortion care.
The close of session also brings the retirement of champions Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento). Thank you for your commitment to Planned Parenthood’s mission and patients during your tenure in office. We can’t wait to see what you do next!