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Why ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ will be California’s next abortion battleground

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In California, less than two-thirds of counties have an abortion clinic. But nearly 80% have at least one “crisis pregnancy center,” according to a database compiled by CalMatters. 

Abortion rights advocates and lawmakers have long accused these centers — also known as anti-abortion centers — of coercing vulnerable people into remaining pregnant by misleading them about abortion procedures and contraceptive methods. In rural areas with acute primary care shortages, “crisis pregnancy centers” outnumber abortion clinics 11 to 2, a CalMatters analysis shows.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Moves 19 Ambitious Bills to the State Senate

At the final deadline to move legislation to the second house, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has successfully passed 19 bills ranging from abortion rights to water protection to the State Senate.

Sacramento, CA –Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda) has successfully achieved passage of 19 bills from the California State Assembly to the State Senate.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Groundbreaking Bills to Save the Bees Passes Assembly

AB 1042 gives the Department of Pesticide Regulation the authority to regulate pesticides used to treat seeds, fixing glaring gap in DPR’s current jurisdiction. AB 363 will require the department to evaluate the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, AB 1042 and today, AB 363authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda) passed the Assembly floor.

California Advances Bill Banning Hedge Fund Water Profiteering

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California lawmakers advanced a bill that would prohibit hedge funds and other institutional investors from buying and selling agricultural water resources for financial gain.

Under the measure, which passed the State Assembly by a 46 to 17 vote on Monday afternoon, speculation or profiteering by investment funds in the sale, transfer or lease of water rights on agricultural land would be considered a waste or unreasonable use of water.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill to Protect Reproductive and Sexual Health Information Passes the Assembly

AB 254 protects confidential personal data collected by apps and websites used by individuals for menstrual tracking, and for other reproductive and sexual health

Sacramento CA – Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) AB 254 has passed the Assembly floor with bipartisan support. The bill ensures the privacy and security of individuals' information when they opt to use apps and websites that provide reproductive and sexual health services.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Statement on May Revise Budget

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) Chair of the Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee, statement on the May revise budget

“The governor’s budget has shown California is facing a tough situation, with nearly $32 billion in deficit. I appreciate the governor proposing that we maintain education funding and thrilled at the critical increase in funding for flood resilience. However, there are serious gaps for youth mental health, transportation, and climate that need to be prioritized.