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ACCESS received our first healthline call in September 1993. With a few phones, a handful of volunteers, and binders of referrals, we began challenging the barriers to reproductive health care, whether that meant providing a woman with basic information about her menstrual cycle or offering rides so women could get to their abortion appointments. Since then, ACCESS has grown into a state-wide organization that is multicultural, multigenerational and bilingual, and serves as a leader in state advocacy efforts.
1993-1994 In March, Dr. David Gunn becomes the first known doctor killed because he performs abortions. By the end of 1994, four more people have been murdered and at least ten seriously injured in violent attacks against abortion clinics and providers.The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act is signed into law in May, making it a federal crime to intimidate, injure or interfere with someone trying to provide or obtain reproductive health services.
1995 The month of October is declared Abortion Access Action Month in memory of Rosie Jimenez, the first known woman to die from an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut off public funding for abortions.
1996 The California Supreme Court rules that a 1987 law requiring women under 18 to obtain parental consent or judicial bypass for an abortion violates the California Constitution’s right to privacy.
1997 Call volume on the hotline doubles after ACCESS receives foundation funding and is able to hire part-time hotline staff.
2000 Medi-Cal begins to cover medical abortion and allow women to apply for Emergency Medi-Cal without proof of pregnancy.
2002 Our Latina Outreach Program launches, including a dedicated Spanish hotline number and a series of bilingual/bicultural community workshops.