Why this matters: As extremist politicians continue to attack access to essential reproductive health care, the State of California needs to ensure that patients and providers feel safe and secure while accessing or providing care. We provide important resources for
sacramento – In line with our commitment to protect the reproductive rights of patients and providers throughout California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that physical and data security will be implemented at 21 facilities providing abortion-related care and reproductive health services. Announced nearly $8 million in grants to be awarded to strengthen
“All health care providers have the right to peace of mind while providing resources and services to their patients.” Governor Newsom said“As attacks on reproductive health care continue, we are providing resources to help patients and providers feel safe and secure while accessing and providing critical reproductive health care. ”
Grant details: The Physical and Digital Infrastructure Security Grants Program, administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in partnership with the Health Access Information Authority (HCAI), funds security enhancements for healthcare facilities and practitioners’ offices. provide. Subject to violence and vandalism. $7,879,108 will be awarded to 21 facilities providing abortion-related care and reproductive health services, including planned parent-child facilities spanning Reading to Long Beach and independent practitioners statewide.
“This fund represents an important part of our commitment to protecting Californians from violence. Cal OES Director Nancy Ward“Providing security in vulnerable areas of healthcare protects everyone involved, from healthcare providers to patients to the surrounding communities.”
“The program provides abortion-related and reproductive health services to serve vulnerable populations, including low-income individuals, limited English proficiency, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and/or persons with disabilities. We will protect the California medical facilities we serve.” HCAI Director Elizabeth Lansburg.
California Leadership on Reproductive Freedom
These grants are part of Governor Newson’s broader efforts to champion reproductive freedom for all who seek care in California.
In April, Governor Newsom announced an emergency stockpile of medical abortions as legal challenges passed (and continue) in court to allow patients to continue receiving treatment without interruption. is created.
In February, Governor Newsom launched the Reproductive Freedom Alliance. This now includes leaders in 22 states and territories who are fighting to protect and promote reproductive freedom in the face of ongoing attacks from extremist politicians.
In December, Proposition 1 took effect, amending the state constitution to include protections for reproductive freedom, including abortion and contraception.
In September, Governor Newsom signed into law the largest reproductive freedom bill in history to ensure California remains a reproductive freedom state following the Roe v. Wade overthrow.
In September, Governor Newsom launched Abortion.CA.Gov to give people across California and the entire country access to important information about reproductive health care, including resources available to help them access care. I made it
In June, Governor Newsom signed into law the 2022-2023 Budget Act, which included a historic $200 million-plus investment in reproductive health care.
California’s efforts to uphold reproductive freedom came after other states restricted access to abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care nearly a year ago after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Or stems from continuing attacks that are outright banned.