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News & Updates

California Law Improves Abortion Access

While other states are making it harder and harder for women to access abortion care, California has improved access.

New Bill Would Increase Access to Emergency Contraception

Sens. Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker have introduced a bill that would help sexual assault survivors get better access to emergency contraception when they need it most.

Grade

California's grade on choice-related laws:

Methodology

Access Fact

22 percent of California counties have no abortion provider

Methodology

Source: Guttmacher Institute

State Affiliate

NARAL Pro-Choice California
info@prochoicecalifornia.org
Website
Facebook page
Twitter: @ProChoiceCA
Phone: 415.890.1020
Fax: 415.890.1025

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Governor Jerry Brown (D) is pro-choice.

Legislature

  • The California Assembly is pro-choice.
  • The California Senate is pro-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Refusal to Provide Medical Services

California allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

California has an unconstitutional and unenforceable law that restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

California prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion care.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

Contraceptive Equity

California law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.
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Emergency Contraception

California law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
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Freedom of Choice Act

California has an affirmative right to choose in its state law.
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Guaranteed Access to Prescriptions

California guarantees that women's birth-control prescriptions will be filled.
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Insurance Coverage for Abortion

California guarantees insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
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Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

California provides low-income women access to abortion.
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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

California provides certain low-income women increased coverage for Medicaid-funded family-planning services.
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Protection Against Clinic Violence

California law protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.
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State Constitutional Protection

California's constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
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OTHER RELEVANT LAWS

Informed Consent

California has an abortion-specific informed-consent law.
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Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

California restricts post-viability abortion.
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