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Legal Trainings: Women’s Health

May 15, 2020

CWLC regularly develops and hosts trainings on a range of topics. These trainings are recorded and available to help attorneys and non-attorneys understand the laws and regulations impacting women and girls. Many of these trainings are approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit. Please contact us if you have specific legal questions or would
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Legal Guides: Women’s Health

September 20, 2020

CWLC produces legal guides to assist attorneys and non-attorneys in their understanding of the legal rights of women and girls. Please contact us if you have specific questions that are not addressed here.

CWLC Policy Briefs: Women’s Health

January 27, 2020

CWLC provides analysis on a range of issues impacting gender equality. Our policy briefs help attorneys, schools, organizations, and individuals better understand existing laws and how they can be applied. These tools are intended to support lawyers and non-lawyers in advocating for enforcement of federal and state policies that protect the legal rights of women
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Amicus Briefs and Public Comment: Women’s Health

November 5, 2019

On February 27, 2018, the California Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra.

The brief was filed in support of California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, passed in 2015. The FACT Act addresses the harmful practices of pregnancy centers that often operate in low-income, rural and majority-minority areas and give false, misleading or no information about the full range of reproductive health care options available to women facing or trying to prevent unplanned pregnancies.  

The law requires pregnancy centers that are not medically licensed to disclose that information, and requires pregnancy centers to provide notice that there are free or low cost methods for comprehensive family planning services available through public programs. 

Pregnancy centers are challenging the law in the Supreme Court on free speech grounds, arguing the law should not withstand First Amendment scrutiny. CWLC’s brief argues that the law passes any level of scrutiny because California has a strong interest in ensuring that women who have unplanned pregnancies have timely, complete and accurate information about their reproductive health options. Legal Voice, Gender Justice and the Southwest Women’s Law Center also signed on to the brief. 

CWLC is proud to advocate for comprehensive health care options for all women, regardless of their income, race, age or education level. To read the full brief, click here. 

The rights of women in the United States are under attack. Over the last two years, the current administration has repeatedly taken aim at women’s reproductive rights and health care options, including allowing employers to refuse to provide birth control for their employees, cutting funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs, and defunding global programs that provide counseling and education on abortion.

Although the federal government continues to strip away these important rights, California remains stalwart in our commitment to ensure a woman can make informed decisions about her body. Our state has a long history of protecting a woman’s choice, including an explicit constitutional right to have an abortion. In addition, California law requires both Medi-Cal and private insurance providers cover contraception and abortion.

The Trump administration’s most recent attack is focused on Title X, a federal law enacted in 1970 to ensure poor Americans are able to receive family planning care. The administration’s proposed regulations would prevent Title X-funded providers from sharing the full range of reproductive health care options when counseling patients. The proposed regulations would also place unreasonable and unethical burdens on Title X-funded programs by adding onerous reporting requirements, allowing non-medically approved family planning options to be presented to patients, and removing important confidentiality provisions for adolescents.

The deadline to respond to the harmful regulations proposed by the administration was Tuesday, July 31st. Please find CWLC’s submitted Title X comments here.

Please click below to read CWLC’s full summary of Reproductive Rights: California vs. Trump.

CWLC Initiative: The ABCs of Breastfeeding (2021)

November 5, 2019

Title IX prohibits all forms of gender discrimination in schools, including any limits placed on female students who need to express milk. Additionally, California laws require most schools to provide reasonable accommodations to lactating pupils and adequately address their needs related to breastfeeding. In 2015, CWLC partnered with the ACLU of Southern California and BreastfeedLA
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Additional Resources: Women’s Health

November 5, 2019

Access additional tools and information related to women’s health and reproductive justice. Some resources have been produced by CWLC, and others have been created by external partners and institutions.

CWLC Initiative: Eliminating Health Barriers for Women Veterans (2014)

December 20, 2016

The Eliminating Health Barriers Project was a collaborative effort between CWLC and numerous veteran services organizations across California. The focus of the project was to work directly with women veterans and other key informants to develop workable, gender-appropriate, and responsive solutions to address current obstacles to accessing health care services. The project involved low-income women
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CWLC Report: HIV Criminalization and Sex Work in California (2017)

January 20, 2018

In collaboration with The Williams Institute and the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center, CWLC helped bring attention to the discriminatory treatment of female sex workers in California. As part of this effort, we participated in the creation of a report analyzing arrests made in California from 2005-2013 for prostitution and other offenses related to sex
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CWLC Forum: Aging, Women, and Poverty In California (2016)

December 28, 2016

On June 3, 2016, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) partnered with the California Commission on Aging and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to co-host the “Aging, Women and Poverty in California” forum.  The Forum focused on the priorities and perspectives that community and policy leaders need to address as our population
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