Our Partners in California
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
The state of California is a stronghold for abortion rights, but callers to ACCESS Women’s Health Justice (ACCESS), a California abortion fund, continue to face financial and logistical barriers that hinder their access to abortion care. To address these challenges, ACCESS is deepening its relationships in Southern California to build a critical base of support that is ready to ensure that every person has access to the health care they need without barriers. This project involves collaboration with All* Above All.
In 2017, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) expanded on their long history providing in-depth support to expectant and parenting young people in Los Angeles with the launch of a young parent-led advocacy project on reproductive health policy. The participants in this new initiative heard from a range of guest speakers and received advocacy training on topics surrounding reproductive health and rights, and social justice. Following this introduction, the young people focused their advocacy campaign on advocating for comprehensive implementation of Title IX in their schools and educated young parents on their rights under this code.
Justice Now (California) sought to monitor and implement the Anti-Sterilization Abuse Bill (SB 1135) and create a compliance report that would examine its’ implementation in state and local prisons and Juvenile facilities across California. The organization sent two rounds of Public Record Act requests to all 58 counties to gather information on their sterilization polices and to ascertain whether sterilization procedures had been performed. Using the responses, they developed grading/scoring metrics to evaluate compliance with SB 1135’s policy. The final report will be issued in Fall 2017 with information included on possible recourse or reparations for those who have been harmed by illegal sterilization practices.
California Family Health Council (CFHC) and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) (California) successfully supported passage of the Direct Access to Reproductive Health Act (AB 1954), which allows patients to seek sexual and reproductive health care services, including abortion, from a variety of different types of health care providers, without a referral, ensuring needed care can be accessed in a timely manner.
California Family Health Council and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (California) advocated for passage of the Direct Access to Reproductive Health Act to increase the availability and affordability of comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, in California. This bill sought to replace the current patchwork of private insurance policy requirements with a new direct access policy that would allow patients to see out-of-network reproductive health care providers when necessary to access timely care and to see in-network providers for reproductive health care without a referral. These changes are critical for improving abortion access, as many California women currently face insurance-related delays in care. To mobilize and secure support from key stakeholders and policymakers, they engaged in education and organizing efforts, with a specific focus on the Latino community. In addition to improving access to care in California, they provided a model for abortion insurance policy in the United States
With support from the National Institute, the ACLU of Southern California worked in 2015 to ensure implementation of a new state law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant and incarcerated women in Los Angeles County and advocate for broader policy change. With the ACLU’s support and oversight, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department created a housing unit for pregnant and post-partum women and strengthened their abortion and pregnancy policies to center the needs of incarcerated women. The ACLU also developed essential tools for implementation of anti-shackling laws: a statewide jails report; a Know Your Rights pamphlet on reproductive health care for incarcerated people; tools for jail administrators; and, along with allies, a model advocacy letter for California advocates when they encounter noncompliance in local jail systems.
The National Institute supported ACT for Women and Girls' 2015 efforts to advocate for comprehensive sex education in rural Tulare County, the most conservative region of California. ACT positioned youth as leaders and advocates in the relaunch of their sex ed campaign with the new name, “Plan A: Sex Ed for All,” providing an opportunity for marginalized populations – including women, undocumented immigrants, people of color, and the LGBTQ community – to be heard by local officials. ACT also created and strengthened alliances with local youth, parents, and school administrators to advance reproductive justice in California’s Central Valley.
With support from the National Institute, in 2015 the National Center for Youth Law monitored implementation of a first-of-its-kind California law protecting confidentiality in insurance communications for individuals enrolled on someone else’s insurance plan. Through their “Keeping It Confidential” campaign, they reached both consumers and insurance companies through strategies including the development of an informational website, monitoring insurer compliance, and advocating on behalf of consumers whose carriers were out of compliance with the law.