In 1972, California’s Planned Parenthood affiliates established a statewide policy office in Sacramento. Currently, Planned Parenthood has two statewide organizations in California: California Planned Parenthood Education Fund (CPPEF), a non-profit (501)(C)(3), and our sister agency, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), a non-profit (501)(C)(4) which participates in non-partisan lobbying and electoral activities.
CPPEF has helped to successfully:
• defeat three anti-choice parental notification ballot initiatives.
• secure a Medi-Cal reimbursement rate increase for family planning services.
• restore family planning funds when they were line item-vetoed by Gov. George Deukmejian.
• make it a crime to block access to a health facility.
• protect Californians’ fundamental right to choose a safe and legal abortion even if the federal government reduces protections under Roe v. Wade.
• require employer health plans include contraceptives as part of the benefit package (the Contraceptive Equity Act).
• ensure that students who receive sex education in schools receive accurate information on abstinence, human sexuality, contraception, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in an age-appropriate manner.
• allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception under statewide protocol approved by the Medical Board of California and the Board of Pharmacy.
• create a “duty to dispense” requirement for pharmacists to dispense all legally prescribed medications, including emergency contraception.
CPPEF has a board of directors comprised of one representative from each of the seven local Planned Parenthood affiliates. Each affiliate maintains local public affairs staff that works with policy makers and coalition partners at the community level.