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Women legislators, young leaders stand up for #CAbills4women – but more help is needed, NOW!

CAbills4women event in Sacramento

As a woman who came “of age” in the late 70s, it’s really hard for me to believe we’re still fighting for access to something as common day as birth control – that’s right BIRTH CONTROL.

But that’s why I was so heartened to see so many young women at the State Capitol last week standing in support of three important women’s health bills.

Truthfully, I have friends who say, young women today have no interest in fighting the good fight. Or, these kids today don’t understand what it was like back in the day… blah, blah, blah.  To them I say, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Close to 100 young women stood side by side with leaders of the Legislative Women’s Caucus – long time supporters of women’s health and rights like Caucus Chair Asm. Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice Chair Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson  and Senators Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara

August Event 2014 CrowdDubbed #CAbills4women (for you social media types), the event was sponsored by Caucus leaders, PPAC, California Family Health Council, Black Women for Wellness, NARAL Pro-Choice California, ACLU, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, National Women’s Political Caucus of Orange County, National Health Law Program and other women’s health and rights organizations.

the three bills for California women include:

  • Senate Bill 1053 (Mitchell) – This bill will ensure access to the full range of contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration for all women in California without cost sharing, delays or denial of coverage.
  • Senate Bill 1094 (Lara) – This measure would  help maintain community access to crucial hospital-based services such as reproductive health care by increasing the Attorney General’s authority and time to review hospital mergers.
  • Senate Resolution 55 (Jackson) – In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, SR 55 affirms the rights of women to control their reproductive health care. 

Now even in a pro-women’s health state like California, two of these bills, SB 1053 and SB 1094, are facing opposition in the State Assembly. And we can use your help to get them to the Governor’s desk.

Take a minute and sign the petition.

It was a great day at the Capitol – evidenced by support these bills received both inside and outside “the building.” I think Nourbese Flint, program manager for Black Women for Wellness, a Los Angeles-based reproductive justice organization and emcee of the event summed it up best:

“California is rocking on reproductive health, but we can do better! We have a responsibility to the nation to model what it looks like to treat women as full people capable of making decisions about our lives.”

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