California Planned Parenthood Education Fund believes that family planning is a basic part of preventive health care. CPPEF works to expand education and awareness about contraception and supports increasing the accessibility and affordability of all FDA-approved contraceptive options for women, men, and teens. In California, there are many programs, such as Family PACT, designed to increase access to family planning services.
Access to contraception is critical to public health as part of basic health care. Providing birth control and emergency contraception is 40% of what Planned Parenthood health centers do in California. Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies and enables women to more effectively plan when and if they wish to become pregnant.
Methods of birth control have been around for thousands of years, helping women and men to plan their families. Access to these methods has been threatened at different times throughout history and unfortunately continues today.
Important Legislation on Contraception in California
Legislation that ensures a pharmacist’s duty to fill a prescription and helps ensure a patient’s right to have a birth control prescription and other prescriptions filled.
SB 644: SB 644 ensures that women have access to EC without conflicting with the religious freedom of pharmacists. Authored by Senator Deborah Ortiz, SB 644 established protocols for those pharmacists who claimed a religious or moral objection to dispensing medication such as EC. While it does not require the pharmacist to dispense EC, it does require that she or he arrange for the woman to get her medication from a different pharmacist in a timely manner.
AB 39/SB 41: Authored by Assemblymember Hertzberg and Senator Speier, these bills required all health insurance plans provide prescription benefit packages for Federal Drug Administration-approved methods of contraception, providing a narrow exemption for certain religious employers.