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SACRAMENTO – Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), issued the following statement in response to the end of the 2019-20 Legislative session:

“While we began the year with a different idea of how California could expand access to sexual and reproductive health care, deep inequities within our institutions were brought into light due to COVID-19 and incidents of racial injustice, and much-needed discussion and work began to transpire. In a historically tumultuous year, the Legislature worked to not only meet the moment of COVID-19, and a subsequent budget deficit, but begin reckoning with our country’s history of police violence and systemic racism. 

“We are proud to have been involved in supporting policy changes that begin to create a more equitable system to better serve more Californians, including work to address some of the disparities within our health care and employment sectors, specifically AB 1327 (Petrie-Norris) and SB 1383 (Jackson). 

“But we know there’s more work yet to be done. We must accept the fact that COVID-19, and the subsequent economic crisis, are long-term problems that necessitate a long-term plan to address such problems, including investment in safety net programs and expansion of services like telehealth.

“It should not be the providers on the frontlines of the pandemic, and the patients who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and systemic racism, who suffer at the hands of California’s inaction. As such, we hope that the Legislature will continue to prioritize and pass more anti-racism legislation and find ways to solve for insufficient access to care and inequities within our health care system. And we hope within the next Legislative session, California will have a more comprehensive and equitable plan that invests additional resources into our public health, educational, and employment systems.”

The bills PPAC supports, which now await Governor Newsom’s signature, are below:

  • AB 732 (Bonta) – Incarcerated pregnant persons
  • AB 890 (Wood) – Nurse practitioner independent practice
  • AB 1327 (Petrie-Norris) – Medi-Cal lab reimbursement rates
  • AB 2077 (Ting) – Hypodermic needles and syringes
  • AB 2112 (Ramos) – Youth suicide prevention
  • AB 2164 (Rivas) – Telehealth
  • AB 2360 (Maienschein) – Mental health telehealth services
  • SB 855 (Wiener) – Mental Health Parity Act
  • SB 1237 (Dodd) – Nurse Midwives Scope of Practice
  • SB 1255 Sec. 3 (Committee on Insurance) – Equal Insurance HIV Act
  • SB 1383 (Jackson) – Family Leave
  • AB 901 (Gipson) – Juvenile Probation
  • AB 1185 (McCarty) – Sheriff Oversight Board
  • AB 1196 (Gipson) – Use of Force: Carotid Arrest
  • AB 1506 (McCarty) – Police Use of Force
  • AB 1950 (Kamlager) – Probation Limits
  • AB 2054 (Kamlager) – C.R.I.S.E.S. Act
  • AB 2147 (Reyes) – Conservation Fire Camps
  • AB 2342 (McCarty) – Parole Limits
  • AB 3070 (Weber) – Jury Selection Anti-Discrimination
  • AB 3121 (Weber) – Reparations Task Force
  • SB 555 (Mitchell) – Jail Commissary Sales




Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education