Earlier this year, the Legislation and Bar Delegation Committee developed WLS’ policy agenda for the current legislative session. With the Board’s approval, the Committee’s focus is on removing barriers to health and success for women and children. To advance our agenda, we’ve supported legislation that aims to reduce economic abuse against foster youth and survivors of domestic violence.
Following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022) 141 US 2619, particular attention has been paid to the protections of reproductive choice.
Notably, WLS submitted letters of support for several bills, including Assembly Bill (AB) 2626 and Senate Bill (SB) 1142. AB 2626 prohibits specified licensing boards from suspending or revoking the certificate of a physician, nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant who performs an abortion in accordance with the provisions of their practice act and the Reproductive Privacy Act. SB 1142 requires the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) to establish a website and outreach campaign to increase awareness about, and access to, abortion.
WLS believes that legislative advocacy is an important tool to advance the organization’s mission. If you’d like to engage in advocacy, consider contacting your representatives in the California assembly and senate to express support for issues you care about. You can find your representatives here: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov .
Finally, consider voting yes on Proposition 1 on November 8th. Proposition 1, named the Right to Reproductive Freedom Amendment, would amend the state constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with or denying an individual's reproductive freedom, which is defined to include a right to an abortion and a right to contraceptives.
WLS’ Legislation and Bar Delegation Committee is comprised of co-chairs Carmen-Nicole Cox and Natalie Smith.