Health Care

Expanding Women’s and Reproductive Rights in California


With Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh posing a looming threat to reproductive rights, it is more important than ever that states work to expand and protect women’s and reproductive rights in their own jurisdictions. This year, California is considering legislation that would expand access to abortion and work towards justice for survivors of sexual abuse.

Providing Abortion at Universities

In July, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that would have prevented anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” from misleading women about abortion and reproductive health. California already has some of the least restrictive abortion laws in the country, and this year is looking to expand access to abortion at public universities.

SB 320 would require every student health center at a public university to offer abortion by medication. Medication abortion allows a woman to take two drugs to end a pregnancy under 10 weeks. Private donors have already agreed to pay for the implementation of the bill if it passes.

Current Status

SB 320 has passed through the full Senate and Assembly policy committees. Next, it will have a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will consider the fiscal impact of the bill. If it passes through that committee, it will head to the full Assembly floor where it must pass before August 31st.

Call Script for SB 320 for Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hi, my name is <YOUR NAME> and I am from <YOUR TOWN>. I am calling to express my support for SB 320, which would ensure access to abortion through medication at all public universities. In California, abortion is a constitutional right and an integral part of reproductive health care. Right now, college students seeking early pregnancy termination, especially those enrolled outside of major urban centers, may have to travel hours to get to a clinic that will fulfill their prescription for the two medications that, together, terminate early pregnancies. Every campus health center at UCs, CSUs, and community colleges should stock those two medications so that students have safe, legal, and efficient access to abortion by medication. Can I count on Assemblymember <NAME> to vote yes on SB 320 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee?

Ending the Rape Kit Backlog

There are thousands of untested rape kits in California. Every untested rape kit represents a survivor of sexual abuse who has not received justice. This is a failure of our criminal justice to prioritize justice for survivors of sexual abuse. Last year, California took the first step by passing AB 41, which requires law enforcement to document newly received rape kits. (Yes, it’s crazy that there was no documentation before).

This year, California is continuing its work on this issue with bills that will audit the existing backlog and require testing of outstanding kits.

  • AB 3118 would require a statewide audit of the existing rape kit backlog since, AB 41 only applied to rape kits obtained after January 1, 2018.
  • SB 1449 would finally mandate that all rape kits be tested.

Current Status

AB 3118 and SB 1449 have passed through the floor of their chamber of origin (Assembly for AB 3118 and Senate for SB 1449). Next, they will have a  hearing in the Appropriations Committees of the second chamber, which will consider the fiscal impact of the bill. If they pass, they will head to the full Senate (AB 3118) and Assembly (SB 1449) floors, where they must pass before August 31st.

Call Script for AB 3118 for Senate Appropriations Committee

Hi, my name is <YOUR NAME> and I am from <YOUR TOWN>. I am calling in support of AB 3118, which would require a statewide audit of the hundreds of untested rape kits in this state. This bill ensures that victims who have reported sexual assault across California would have equal access to swift submission and analysis of forensic evidence associated with their cases. Can I count on Senator <NAME> to vote YES on this bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee?

Call Script for SB 1449 for Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hi, my name is <YOUR NAME> and I am from <YOUR TOWN>. I am calling in support of SB 1449, which would require that the hundreds of untested rape kits in this state are finally tested. This bill ensures that victims who have reported sexual assault across California would have equal access to swift submission and analysis of forensic evidence associated with their cases. Can I count on Assemblymember<NAME> to vote YES on this bill in the Assembly Appropriations Committee?

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