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In California, A Measure To Expand Access to Safe Abortion Care Fails

In late February, California Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) introduced a bill in the state Senate that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and nurse midwives (CNMs) to provide first trimester aspiration abortion care. Sen. Kehoe withdrew the bill Friday because it lacked enough votes to pass a key legislative committee.

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Would the Fourth Time Be the Charm for a Parental Notification Law in California?

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.

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California Allows Young People to Access the HPV Vaccine Without Parental Consent

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On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law which allows minors to access STD-prevention services, including the now highly political HPV vaccine, without parental consent.

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Incarcerated Mothers in California Become Cast-Offs in Political Game

A widely-supported bill intended to close gaps in existing legislation and ensure that correctional officers would use the least restrictive restraints possible on pregnant women is vetoed by the governor.

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Will Governor Brown Keep Pregnant and Laboring Women in Chains?

The bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant women in CA’s prisons, is the California State Sheriff’s Association’s top priority for a veto. It means more for them to veto this bill than any other bill on the Governor’s desk right now. Those who follow politics in Sacramento know this does not bode well.

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Now is the Time to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in California

The California Legislature unanimously passed a bill to protect pregnant women from shackling; last-minute lobbying puts this important bill at risk.

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California Trying for Personhood Amendment? Really?

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Of all of the states in the country, California seems like the last place such an effort would work.

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How Long Must Californians Wait to Safeguard Pregnant Women’s Rights in Prison?

For the second session in a row, the California Legislature has unanimously passed a bill to prohibit the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. Will the Governor sign it into law?

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Roundup: More Women Taking Emergency Contraception

More women have taken emergency contraception now that it is available over the counter; White House to hold first-ever transgender issue meeting; and maternal mortality for African-American women in California skyrockets.

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For LGBT Health, What Happens in Wisconsin Shouldn’t Stay in Wisconsin

A recent study on LGBT healthcare in Wisconsin underscores the importance of passing a proposed law in California to improve the health of its LGBT residents. In doing so, California can teach Wisconsin a thing or two.

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