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Restarant & food service workers comprise 10% of the American workforce. While acknowledging thevariety of backgrounds, experiences, and jobs that peope have in the sector, it is important to see reproductive justice issues that face food service workers in the context of affecting one in ten working people in the United States.
In operating a reproductive hotline for California, supporting people in their decisions around pregancy, and providing logistical assistance for callers accessing abortion care, ACCESS Women's Health Justice comes into contact with restaurant workers at the moment of need in a reproductive experience. In addition, many of our staff and volunteers also work in the restaurant sector and have had experiences similar to callers.
Want to learn more? Check out "Serving Up Justice: Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in Restaurant Work," by lead author by Sara Spriggs with additional support from Samara Azam-Yu, Gabriela Castillo, and Rachel Coe.
The Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976, bans the use of federal funding for abortion coverage. As a direct consequence, the majority of people in the U.S. who depend on public insurance for health care don't have the coverage for abortion they need - especially the millions of people enrolled in Medicaid.
California is one of 15 states that uses its own Medicaid dollars (through Medi-Cal) to cover abortion care for low-income women. Some believe that the Hyde Amendment does not impact Californians, that our state's policies protect us. However, many in our state live an everyday reality that is far from utopia. Hyde an other abortion coverage bans mean that there are still Californians whose income-level is deciding for them about if and when to parent.
Want to learn more? Check out "The Legacy of Hyde: The Impact of the Hyde Amendment on Californians."
ACCESS is committed to supporting all women in their decisions around family size and parenting. Under current California law, infants born into families receiving CalWORKS assistance are denied cash aid- this is known as the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule. This law endangers the health and wellbeing of infants born into poverty, while purposely limiting the reproductive choices and violating the privacy of low-income women.
SB 23 (Mitchell) co-sponsored by ACCESS Women's Health Justice, East Bay Community Law Center, Western Center on Law and Poverty, the ACLU of Northern California, the County Welfare Directors Association, and California Latina's for Reproductive Justice would repeal the MFG rule to provide for the basic needs of newborn children while allowing women to make family planning decisions.
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Want to learn more? Check out "Bringing Families Out of 'Cap'tivity: the Need to Repeal the CalWORKS Maximum Fasmily Grant Rule" by Elena R. Gutierrez, PH.D
The EACH Woman Act makes a meaningful change for women and their families, creating two important standards for reproductive health.
First, the EACH Woman Act respects that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about pregnancy. If a person gets their care or insurance through the federal government, they will be covered for all pregnancy-related care, including abortion.
Second, the EACH Woman Act prohibits political interference with decisions of private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care. Federal, state, and local legislators will not be able to interfere with the private insurance market to prevent insurance companies from providing abortion coverag
Are you in? Sign our petition today!
Most people believe that reproductive heath care is easy to get in California, because we enjoy some of the strongest reproductive rights in the nation. Yet, thousands of women in California still find it nearly impossible to act on these rights or obtain health care without a struggle.
Reproductive rights are meaningless when you don't know where to get birth control, no abortion provider accepts your insurance, you are afraid to seek prenatal care because of your immigration status, or the closest clinic is hours from your home.
AB 154 (Atkins) seeks to eliminate one barrier to access by expanding the types of trained health professionals who can provide early abortions. This bill will help women safely get the care they need in their own communities from healthcare providers they know and trust, like nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants. In October 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 154 into law. The law went into effect on Jan 1st 2014- stay tuned for updates on implementation of this important reproductive health law!
AB 154 is sponsored by the ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, American Civil Liberties Union of California, Black Women for Wellness, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. The bill is supported by the California Women’s Health Alliance, which comprises more than 30 women’s health and rights groups that support improving access to women’s reproductive health care.