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Reproductive health, rights and justice organizations applaud the state's decision to protect abortion access

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An article published in SFGate highlights the great news that California has moved to protect a woman’s right to access a full scope of reproductive health care, including abortion. A Silicon Valley law professor and political scientist weighs in on this victory for women at two CA universities – read the post from Stephen F. Diamond to learn more about what happened and how CA law protects abortion coverage.

Our own Beth Parker was quoted in the SFGate article:

"We're thrilled that the state is complying with California law and ensuring that women of California have access to all reproductive health services," Beth Parker, chief counsel for Planned Parenthood in California, said after learning of the new decision. Read the full SFGate article.

California has a long history of supporting reproductive health access. And we’re pleased that the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) stepped in to prevent employees from being forced to pay separate insurance coverage for abortion services. This clarification about statewide abortion coverage in health plans follows both the spirit and the letter of California law. We want to thank the Department for protecting a woman’s right to access a full scope of reproductive health care, including abortion.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, ACLU Northern California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Health Law Program, the Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign and other coalition partners worked together to review the situation and work with DMHC to ensure that abortion coverage is protected for all employees at these universities. California has a long history of supporting reproductive health access and we believe that employers should not dictate person's private decisions.

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