Co-Sponsored / Championed Bills
Senate Bill 36 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner expands California’s reproductive freedom state protections by prohibiting bail agents or private bounty hunters from capturing people in CA after they have fled their home state to avoid criminalization of abortion or gender-affirming care. The bill also protects access to public benefits for those seeking refuge in California after accessing this care.
SB 345 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner provides additional protections to providers who prescribe or dispense medication abortion, provide gender-affirming care to patients, or provide other reproductive health care services–regardless of where the patient is located. The bill also prohibits bail agents or private bounty hunters from capturing people in California after they have fled their home state to avoid criminalization of abortion or gender-affirming care.
Senate Bill 729 authored by Senator Caroline Menjivar requires health plans to provide coverage for fertility care, including treatment for infertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Assembly Bill 571 authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris AB 571 increases the number of licensed health care providers who are able to provide abortion and gender-affirming care in California by ensuring California providers have access to professional liability insurance without discrimination based on being a provider of these services.
Assembly Bill 576 authored by Assemblymember Akilah Weber requires the Department of Health Care Services to fully reimburse providers for the provision of medication abortion that aligns with clinical guidelines, evidence-based research, and the discretion of the provider.
Assembly Bill 1091 authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood protects comprehensive reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive health care access in all regions of the state by strengthening and expanding the oversight of the California Attorney General over new health care mergers and acquisitions.
Additional Championed Future of Abortion Council Bills
Senate Bill 385 authored by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins extends many of the updated training rules for nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives to provide first-trimester abortion care (from SB 1375 last year) to physician assistants.
Senate Bill 487 authored by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins provides additional safeguards for California abortion providers and other entities and individuals that serve and support abortion patients that reside in states with hostile abortion laws.
Assembly Bill 90 authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris improves access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for those seeking abortion services.
Assembly Bill 254 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan provides privacy protections for digital data related to patients accessing abortion services in California.
Assembly Bill 352 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan enhances privacy protections for medical records related to abortion, pregnancy loss, and other sensitive services through electronic health record sharing and health information exchanges.
Assembly Bill 598 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks requires school districts to participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) and include a module on sexual and reproductive health care as one of the core survey modules.
Assembly Bill 608 authored by Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo provides Medi-Cal’s Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) benefit throughout the 12-month postpartum eligibility period instead of just the initial 60-day period and reimburses for the services of Comprehensive Perinatal Health Workers (CPHWs) when provided in the community instead of just at a medical facility.
Assembly Bill 710 authored by Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo establishes an education campaign to address deceitful and harmful practices of fake health centers, sometimes called “crisis pregnancy centers.”
Assembly Bill 793 authored by Assemblymember Mia Bonta supports safe access to reproductive and gender-affirming care in the digital age by protecting people from unconstitutional searches of their data.
Assembly Bill 1194 authored by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo ensures that businesses can’t use exemptions under the Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) to share information about “a consumer accessing, procuring, or searching for services regarding contraception, pregnancy care, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services.”
Assembly Bill 1432 authored by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo requires every health insurance policy or certificate that is issued, or delivered to a resident of California to comply with California laws that require coverage of abortion services and gender-affirming care.
Assembly Bill 1481 authored by Assemblymember Boerner-Horvath clarifies Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Individuals (currently called PE4PW) coverage policies and ensures PE4PW patients can access abortion services regardless of other health coverage.
Assembly Bill 1646 authored by Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen expands access to abortion and gender-affirming care by facilitating guest rotations in medical residency programs in California, allowing out-of-state medical school graduates to practice in California for up to 90 days.
Assembly Bill 1707 authored by Assemblymember Blanca Pacheco builds on existing law to protect reproductive health care providers from adverse actions based on another state’s hostile law.
Other Supported or Opposed & Scored Bills
Senate Bill 59 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner ensures equitable access to period products across California by requiring free period products in state-owned or leased buildings, buildings where a state-funded safety net program is administered, and hospitals that receive state funding.
SB 260 authored by Senator Caroline Menjivar expands CalWORKs services to include $20 of monthly cash assistance for the purchasing of menstrual products, helping to mitigate California’s period poverty by providing low-income people who are recipients of CalWORKs with the necessary materials to support their menstrual cycles.
Senate Bill 541, The Youth Health Equity + Safety Act, authored by Senator Caroline Menjivar seeks to address the sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemic among California youth and improve equitable public health outcomes statewide by expanding teen access to condoms and the HPV vaccine.
Senate Bill 667 authored by Senator Bill Dodd makes clarifying changes to ensure that certified nurse-midwives can practice to their full scope.
Senate Bill 774 authored by Senator Brian Jones and Shannon Grove – OPPOSE – severely limits the authority of California’s Attorney General to protect access to and affordability of hospital services provided by most hospitals in California.
Senate Bill 848 authored by Senator Susan Rubio specifies that people who have experienced some form of pregnancy or fertility loss may access up to 5 days of job-protected, unpaid leave.
Assembly Bill 47 authored by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, to provide coverage for pelvic floor physical therapy after pregnancy.
Assembly Bill 230 authored by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes expands on the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2021 by requiring public schools serving third through fifth grades to adequately stock restrooms with menstrual products.
Assembly Bill 518 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks updates the definition of “family member” for purposes of California’s Paid Family Leave Program (PFL) so that qualifying California workers will be able to receive PFL wage replacement benefits to care for a member of their chosen or extended family.
Assembly Bill 575 authored by Assemblymember Diane Papan removes unnecessary barriers for individuals seeking to access their paid family benefits by making several commonsense improvements to California’s Paid Family Leave program.
Assembly Bill 583 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks establishes the Birthing Justice for California Families Pilot Project, which would include a 3-year grant program administered by the State Department of Public Health to provide grants to community-based doula groups to provide full-spectrum doula care to pregnant and birthing people who are low income and do not qualify for Medi-Cal or who are from communities that experience high rates of negative birth outcomes, among others.
Assembly Bill 608 authored by Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo provides Medi-Cal’s Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) benefit throughout the 12-month postpartum eligibility period instead of just the initial 60-day period, and reimburses for the services of Comprehensive Perinatal Health Workers (CPHWs) when provided in the community instead of just at a medical facility.
Assembly Bill 904 authored by Assemblymember Lisa Calderon requires a health care service plan or health insurer, on or before January 1, 2025, to develop a maternal and infant health equity program that addresses racial health disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes through the use of doulas.
Assembly Bill 1094 authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks requires that a pregnant or perinatal person provide written and verbal consent prior to the administration of a drug test, alcohol test, or screen to either them or their baby. Additionally, it would require the test or screen to be medically necessary to provide care.
Supported Bills in Intersectional Issue Areas
Racial and Gender Justice; LGBTQ, Immigration, and Democracy/Civil Rights
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 and its companion bill Assembly Bill 1595 authored by Assemblymember Isaac Bryan will restore voting rights to Californians while they are serving a prison sentence, finally ending a discriminatory policy that has plagued our state’s democracy for over a century. If approved by the Legislature, the measure will appear before voters in the 2024 general election.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 authored by Assemblymember Evan Low protects marriage equality for LGBTQ+ couples and removes Proposition 8 from the state’s constitution. In 2008, Proposition 8 declared “only marriage between a man and a woman” as valid or recognized in California. If approved by the Legislature, the measure will appear before voters in the 2024 general election.
Senate Bill 94 by Senator Dave Cortese allows judges to review life without parole (LWOP) and death penalty sentences for persons who have been incarcerated for at least 20 years, and were sentenced for offenses with a “special circumstance” committed before June 5, 1990, the date of a ballot measure that prospectively tied judge’s hands.
Senate Bill 616 authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez updates California’s paid sick days requirement from three days to seven days, requiring employers to allow employees to use seven paid sick days without wage loss or retaliation.
Senate Bill 760 authored by Senator Josh Newman requires all K-12 schools to provide at least one all-gender restroom for students to use safely and comfortably.
Assembly Bill 246 by Assemblymember Diane Papan prohibits the manufacturing and selling of any menstrual products that contain regulated PFAS, also requiring that the least toxic alternative be used when removing regulated PFAS in menstrual products with an issued certificate of compliance from the manufacturer for sale or distribution.
Assembly Bill 524, Family Caregiver Anti-Discrimination Act, authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks prohibits discrimination against employees based on their family responsibilities.
Assembly Bill 659 authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry protects Californians from developing cervical cancer by ensuring that California students are fully immunized against HPV by the eighth grade.
Assembly Bill 957, TGI Empowerment Act, authored by Assemblymember Lori Wilson updates California law to clarify that affirming a child’s gender identity is in the best interests of the child for purposes of legal name change and child custody decisions. Family acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth is strongly associated with positive childhood development, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.