JULY 2020 | NEWSLETTER
What to expect as SB 1237 moves through the California Legislature
As the Justice and Equity in Maternity Care Act is working its way through the California legislature, here’s an update on what you can expect over the coming months, and more importantly, key points when we’ll be asking you to call and write letters to your representatives about SB-1237 again.
Senate Bill-1237 was introduced in the Senate by Bill Dodd on February 20, 2020.
Committee Hearings in the Senate
Senate Business and Professions Committee passed and referred the bill to the Appropriations Committee on May 18, 2020.
Senate Appropriations Committee sent the bill to the Suspense file on June 9, 2020 (this is the normal process for any bill with any associated cost), then voted to approve on June 18, 2020.
Senate Floor passed the bill on June 26, 2020
The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Committee Hearings in the Assembly
Assembly Business and Professions Committee (We will need you to call and and write to members of the Assembly B&P committee, especially Chairperson Evan Low!)
Assembly Appropriations Committee (We will need you to call and write to members of the Assembly Appropriations committee, especially Chairperson Lorena Gonzalez!)
Floor vote in the Assembly (We will need you to call and write to your assemblyperson!)
If the bill passes the Assembly with amendments, it will go back to the Senate where the amended version of the bill will need to be approved again. (We may need you to call and write to your senator again)
Once both houses have approved the bill, it goes to the governor’s desk to be signed. At this point, the governor can either sign or veto the bill.
If signed, most bills become law effective January 1st the following year.
You can learn more about the legislative process in California here, and about our bill specifically here. And in the meantime, thank you for all of your advocacy and support as we work to remove physician supervision for midwives, and increase access to midwifery care for women in our state!
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NO Budget Cuts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital!!!
This is a HUGE shout out to all of you who created a grassroots firestorm and helped avert the closure of MLK Jr Community Hospital in LA. Our advocacy really works and can make the difference!! Your voices are being heard now more than ever. Continue to use those voices to demand justice, to advocate for midwives and the reproductive rights of all people, and to remove physician supervision once and for all!! Thank you everyone!
Birthing Justice Response CA COVID -19
On average, there are over 1000 live births everyday in California, and that hasn't stopped during the COVID-19 epidemic. Advocates, health professionals and doulas are working to re-imagine perinatal care both during COVID-19 and beyond that centers our most vulnerable communities.
As a way to uplift and protect women/birthing people's bodily autonomy, understand the issues that are most impacted, and push for a more just future for all, we want to hear from you. The survey found here is designed to capture the stories of pregnant people as well as people who have recently given birth. Please use the form to share your story, you do not need to provide your name or contact information if you do not feel comfortable and we will not share any identifiable information.
Forward this survey to your clients and patients. We need their voices!!