It is hard to believe, but some states are actually passing legislation that benefits women and their families rather than punishing them. Not surprisingly, one of the leaders is California, where Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill designed to make it easier for women to access contraception.
The bill expands access by allowing women to get birth control without seeing a doctor. The bill was authored by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and passed by lawmakers in August. It allows registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to dispense the pill, patches and rings.
In a signing ceremony during a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Brown made it clear California believes access to contraception is a key component of women’s economic rights and freedom. “At a time when some seek to turn back the clock and restrict women’s health choices, California is expanding access to birth control and reaffirming every woman’s basic Constitutional rights,” Brown said.
Julie Rabinovitz, head of the California Family Health Council, praised Brown for working to expand access to contraception for women. “With his signature, the governor also took action to address provider shortages statewide by allowing RNs to work to the full extent of their scope and training,” Rabinovitz said in a statement. “This is especially important in our changing health care landscape.”
We need more positive stories like this one coming out of California. Not only is it a common-sense approach to family planning, but it is a pro-woman and pro-family legislative approach, and more states should take notice. As should Congress.
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