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California Women Can Now Get Birth Control Without a Doctor

California Women Can Now Get Birth Control Without a Doctor

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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3:20PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013


12:04PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

I am so proud of my state! This is why we voted Jerry Brown in again decades after he was first governor!!!

9:57PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012


2:21AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Great news

3:00PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012


1:06PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

California has always been way ahead of the times!

7:33PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

This should exist in every state ...

6:33PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Good on California!

1:46PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012


10:30AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

The key words are: "common sense" and "pro-woman" and "pro-family."

And no, to Heather G., they shouldn't be ordered via the internet, because a health care professional needs to hear a woman's health history, to check if there are risks for certain kinds of birth control for that particular woman. Perhaps you were just being facetious. Good, that other health professionals than the almighty doctor can make these decisions.

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