Applaud California Governor for Improving Access to Birth Control

Birth Control Pills

Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California

Goal: Applaud the passing of a bill to increase the accessibility of birth control

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 2348, also known as the Timely Access to Birth Control Bill. The legislation is designed to allow registered nurses to dispense certain drugs, including birth control pills, under a “standardized protocol” devised by a doctor, surgeon, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or a certified nurse midwife. The new protocol, while not yet fully outlined, will only require women seeking contraceptives to fill out a form and have their height, weight and blood pressure recorded.

Aiming to allow women easier access to birth control, this bill will eliminate the need for a doctor-signed prescription each time birth control is required. Instead, the new law requires a woman to see a physician only once every three years. While some, including the California Nurses Association, are concerned by the bill’s failure to require a full physical exam, others have compared the idea to successful initiatives providing easier access to flu immunizations. Registered nurse Joan Araujo stated that, “Immunizations were very safe for the public to get and it didn’t really need direct physician supervision.” The new bill, much like the flu vaccination, will “make birth control more available.”

The Timely Access to Birth Control Bill will provide easier access especially to women in rural areas, who may have limited access to doctors. Furthermore, the bill is intended to not only streamline the process of obtaining birth control, but to allow physicians more time to focus on complicated procedures.

The significance of this progressive bill can be summed up in the words of Governor Jerry Brown, who, at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles, stated, “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.” Thank Governor Brown for his efforts to provide women with easier access to birth control, and for setting a precedent of giving women their own voice in terms of healthcare and reproductive rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Jerry Brown,

Assembly Bill 2348, also known as the Timely Access to Birth Control Bill, signed into law on January 1st is a major step forward in terms of women’s reproductive rights. Allowing women easier access to birth control by eliminating the need for prescriptions signed by doctors will help women who may have limited resources obtain birth control. In turn, this increased accessibility to birth control will help prevent unwanted pregnancies. This new bill will work to empower Californian women and affirm their basic human rights.

Thank you for passing this important bill and, in doing so, taking a stand against those who might seek to limit women’s rights. You have set a precedent for other states, and hopefully the nation to follow.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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