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JUNE 2020 | Newsletter

Updated: Jun 1, 2020




Update on SB1237 - The Equity & Justice in Maternity Care Act

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Update on SB1237 - The Equity & Justice in Maternity Care Act

SB 1237 PASSED Senate Business & Professions Committee on May 18! Huge thanks to everyone who called in to support our bill and wrote letters of support. There were so many that the operator had trouble keeping up with the amount of calls coming in!

We are thrilled to announce that Senator Holly Mitchell has joined as a co-author of SB-1237! Just as we do, the Senator feels strongly that midwifery access is critical to improving outcomes, equity, and access, and that physician supervision removal is a key first step.

We also have two new co-sponsors of our bill: NARAL Pro-Choice California and United Nurse’s Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC).

Additionally we have a HUGE coalition of support who wrote letters on our behalf, including: Black Women for Wellness (co-sponsor), California Nurse Midwives Association (co-sponsor), United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (co-sponsor), NARAL Pro-Choice California (co-sponsor), 2020 Mom, Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice INC, American Association of Birth Centers, American Civil Liberties Union/northern California/southern California/san Diego and Imperial Counties, American College of Nurse-midwives, Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nursing, Beach Cities Midwifery & Women's Health Care, Best Start Birth Center Black Wellness & Prosperity Center, California Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA), California Black Women's Health Project, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, California Women's Law Center, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ), Citizens for Choice, Every Neighborhood Partnership, Feminist Majority Foundation, Grow Midwives, Healthimpact, Healthy Children Project, INC, If/when/how: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Midwives Alliance North America, Momsrising, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CA, National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, National Health Law Program, New Birth Services, Pacific Business Group on Health, The Praxis Project, Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare, Urge: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, and Western Center on Law & Poverty, INC.

What’s Next: The bill will be heard in Senate Appropriations today, June 1. We previously sent out an Action Alert for this, and as a reminder you can find constantly updated information on how you can personally support SB 1237 here.

If we make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee we will need EVERYONE’S support to pass the Senate Floor (which we expect will occur sometime between June 22-26). Action alerts are coming soon.

You can read the bill here, and see fact sheets and all other information here.

If you have any questions at all, or concerns, please do not hesitate to email advocacy@cnma.org


Take Action!!

CNMA has a new action alert page on our website (www.cnma.org/today) Go here to stay up to date on the latest on our bill and what you can do to support! We will post here when we need letters of support or calls to legislators!


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