(Sacramento, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive FACT Act, which would allow women to be aware of the full spectrum of reproductive health care services that are available to them in California. AB 775 is authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D – San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D – Inglewood).
At a time when reproductive rights are under attack nationwide, California has adopted the nation's first state bill taking on anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. AB 775 requires that unlicensed facilities that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. Licensed reproductive health clinics must notify patients that California has programs to help them access affordable family planning, abortion services and prenatal care. The bill is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, NARAL Pro-Choice California and Black Women for Wellness.
“It is now law in California that women will be made aware of the full spectrum of reproductive health services that our state provides,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “While it is unfortunate that so-called crisis pregnancy centers have continued to spread lies about women’s health, this law will help clear up confusion with the facts about how women may receive reproductive, prenatal and abortion care in California.”
"This is a big victory for all women in California," said Assemblymember Burke (D-Inglewood). "Each and every one of us deserves to have accurate and complete information wherever we turn for care, especially when making some of the biggest decisions of our lives."
“I am proud to have co-sponsored the Reproductive FACT Act, which ensures that all women have equal access to comprehensive reproductive health care services, and that they have the facts they need to make informed decisions about their health and their lives. I commend Governor Brown for signing AB 775 and thank Assemblymembers David Chiu and Autumn Burke for championing this important law.”
"This is what it looks like to respect women: empower us and trust us to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families," said Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. "Today, California became the first state in the nation to raise the standard for informing women and mitigate the dangerous impact of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. This is an exciting victory for supporters of true reproductive freedom, and just one more step in our campaign to expose CPCs and hold them accountable for their dangerous tactics."
"Black Women for Wellness is excited that California is able to continue its record of being a leader in women's health. Today, we are one step closer in making sure that all women are able to make choices about their reproductive health free from coercion and shame. Informing women of the full range of choices available to live healthy full lives regardless of, race, income or geographic location, continues to actualize the ideas of reproductive justice.”
The Reproductive FACT Act is supported by more than 40 organizations including reproductive freedom, medical and faith groups. In August, more than 100 faith leaders signed an open letter declaring their support for the bill.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses the eastern portion of San Francisco.