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Gov. Brown signs legislation easing birth-control access

September 22, 2012 | 11:40 am

Photo: Birth control pills. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
In a victory for birth-control advocates, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday that allows registered nurses to give out hormonal contraceptives to women under a standardized procedure.

The law “also allows RNs to dispense drugs and devices upon an order by a certified nurse-midwife, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant while functioning within specified clinic settings,” according to a news release from Brown’s office.

Assembly Bill 2348 was supported by groups like the American Medical Women’s Assn., the California Primary Care Assn., California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Black Women for Wellness, among many others.

Assembly member Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) authored the legislation and called Brown’s action “the culmination of our hard-fought effort to expand access to birth control for women who need it.” The new law goes into effect Jan. 1.

Brown signed the bill Saturday morning at Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles headquarters in South Los Angeles and cast the event as a reaffirmation of “every woman’s basic constitutional rights.”

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards applauded the new law and in a news release said that “by enacting this bill, California is, once again, setting an example of national leadership at a critical time when access to health care is under attack.”


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Photo: Birth control pills. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times