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We must give the CA attorney general the support she requires to stand up for all women

A woman’s reproductive health is a private matter, or should be. It ought not be bandied about by politicians nor should health care be dictated by religious tenets. We must give the California Attorney General the support she requires to stand up for all women. Support the passage of SB 1094.

Speaking up for SB 1094

As the healthcare landscape changes, hospitals are merging, affiliating, and developing other innovative relationships to survive and compete. These transactions can result in the elimination or reduction of critical services, so it is more important than ever that the Attorney General has the power to ensure the community’s access to care is not restricted.

Refugees and Reproductive Health

Explore research on the health needs of refugees and displaced people from Guttmacher Policy Review.

Take the San Francisco Pledge!

Protesters across the United States -- including right here in San Francisco -- have been emboldened by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June striking down patient protection zones in front of health centers.

The Funny Side of Hobby Lobby (Yes, there is one)

It’s been three weeks since the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that allowed corporations to deny coverage for birth control to their employees. I’ve poured over countless well-reasoned analyses of the decision, gnashed my teeth, posted my outrage and made efforts to #JointheDissent.

CA Senator Barbara Boxer stands up for birth control

Champion for women’s health, Senator Barbara Boxer, published an important blog piece in the Huffington Post this week related to her floor speech where she voiced her strong support of equality for women in health care coverage.

Buffer Zone: Perspective from Beth Parker

In case you missed this week’s article in the Daily Journal written by Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, here are some key quotes as she shares her insight on the Supreme Court’s recent Buffer Zone ruling.

Celebrating Sen. Wendy Davis’ Filibuster – One Year Later

A little over a year ago the country watched with bated breath as a female Senator from the Lone Star State stood up for women’s reproductive choice in a 13-hour long filibuster to close out the Texas legislative session.

Sac Bee Viewpoint By Kathy Kneer and Julie Rabinovitz

Make sure to go read today's viewpoint article in the Sacramento Bee written by PPAC's Kathy Kneer and CFHC's Julie Rabinovitz!

Why I support SB 1053, the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act

While the goal of the ACA contraceptive mandate was to allow for women to access no-cost birth control, it isn’t happening across the board. And for a woman who already knows what works best for her based on her lifestyle and health needs, jumping through barriers with her health provider is not only risky, but also a waste of time. That is why I support SB 1053, the bill introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell which will ensure that the intent of the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act is fulfilled; assuring women access to the full range of FDA approved birth control methods.

Rally in Santa Barbara to protest SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Ruling

In response to the disappointing Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling issued on Monday, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Counties organized an impromptu rally on Wednesday during the lunch hour in front of the iconic Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Hobby Lobby Ruling

Today, the Supreme Court ruled against American women and families, giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage. This is a deeply disappointing and troubling ruling that will prevent some women, especially those working hourly-wage jobs and struggling to make ends meet, from getting birth control.

SCOTUS decision shifts balance away from women

At Planned Parenthood, our first priority and concern is ensuring the safety and privacy of our patients and staff. Nothing in yesterday’s ruling changes that. And while we are disappointed with the decision, in California we have many other laws and strategies we can use to protect our patients and staff.

Buffer Zone Ruling and California: What’s the impact here?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released a ruling on June 26, unanimously striking down Massachusetts’ 35-foot abortion buffer zone law.

Alisha Wilkins appointed to CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Guest post from Alisha Wilkins as she shares her vision and priorities in her new role on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

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Planned Parenthood protects and defends women's access to a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services. Decisions about childbearing should be made by women, their families, and their doctors — not by politicians. In order to make an informed decision, women need access to all reproductive health care options and should have the right to obtain safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government.

Planned Parenthood works to protect every woman’s right to make her own decisions about childbearing, and access to services plays a critical part.

Birth Control - Contraception

Access to contraception is critical to public health as part of basic health care. Providing birth control and emergency contraception is 40% of what Planned Parenthood health centers do in California. Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies and enables women to more effectively plan when and if they become pregnant.

Human Trafficking

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex. If you are a victim of human trafficking or you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1(888)373-7888.

Sexual Health Education

Planned Parenthood works with the federal and state governments to ensure access to real sex education programs. These programs give young people the comprehensive, medically-accurate, unbiased and culturally competent information they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

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