By Kathy Kneer and Julie Rabinovitz
All across America, elected officials at the state and national levels are moving to restrict access to reproductive health care and reproductive rights. The good news is that in California, we're different. Our state has a long history of passing successful public policies geared toward reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion – policies supported by an overwhelming majority of Californians.
This year Planned Parenthood and California Family Health Council are sponsoring Assembly Bill 2348, introduced by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, which would increase access to birth control for thousands of women across California. AB 2348, the Access to Birth Control Bill, would authorize registered nurses in community clinics to dispense birth control under a standardized procedure – allowing nurses to practice to the fullest extent of their scope. Allowing registered nurses to dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives like the pill, patch, ring and shot makes perfect sense in today's world given the proven safety of birth control and its wide use throughout the world.