Proactive Abortion Rights Legislation, January-May 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

This report focuses on proactive policy, that is, legislation to expand abortion rights in states and localities. ** = new or updated since the last Repro Rights Report


HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2019 (146 proactive measures introduced)

CA Senate ADOPTED SR 7, a pro-abortion rights Roe Anniversary Resolution

CA Assembly ADOPTED HR 6, a pro-abortion rights Roe Anniversary Resolution

CA Senate PASSED SB 24 requiring health care clinics on state university to offer medication abortion

CA Assembly PASSED AB 1442 which offers a state tax credit for motion picture expenses moved to California from states that have enacted strict antiabortion statutes

CO ENACTED HB 1032 which clarifies and improves requirements for comprehensive sexuality education in schools

CT House PASSED HB 7070 to prevent deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs)

HI Senate PASSED 415 to require a study the policy of allowing APCs to perform abortions

HI Senate PASSED SB 1043 to require a study on mandating insurance coverage of reproductive health, including abortion

IL legislature PASSED SB 25, the Reproductive Health Act, which protects the right to abortion, expands private insurance coverage of abortion, and repeals outdated laws

IL legislature PASSED HB 3550 clarifies and improves requirements for comprehensive sexuality education

IL Executive Order 05-2019—Orders the Department of Central Management Services to review and report on abortion coverage for all state employee health plans

ME legislature PASSED LD 820 to require insurance coverage for abortions by Medicaid and private insurers

ME ENACTED LD 1261 to allow APCs to perform abortions

NV ENACTED AB 124 to require notification to sexual assault survivors of important facts, rights and clinics, including information about emergency contraception

NV ENACTED SB 179 that supports abortion rights and repeals obsolete criminal penalties

NM House PASSED HB 51 to decriminalize abortion

NM ENACTED HB 89 which requires insurance coverage for contraception

NY ENACTED SB 240, the Reproductive Health Act, to guarantee the right to abortion

NY ENACTED S 659 to require comprehensive insurance coverage for contraception

NY City allocated $250,000 to a nonprofit abortion fund to assist patients

VT legislature PASSED HB 57, the Freedom of Choice Act, to guarantee the right to abortion


Alabama

**AL SB 417 by Vivian Figures—Repeals criminal penalties for abortion

Arizona

AZ SB 1122 by Juan Mendez—Repeals ban on telemedicine for abortion

AZ SB 1123 by Juan Mendez—Repeals ban on APCs providing abortion

AZ SB 1124 by Juan Mendez—Requires that any ultrasound on a pregnant woman provided at a CPC must be performed by a licensed technician

AZ SB 1500 by Athena Salman—Removes restrictions on abortion insurance coverage and provides access to contraception for women whose employers object to it

AZ HB 2332 by Athena Salman—Removes restrictions on abortion insurance coverage and provides access to contraception for women whose employers object to it

AZ HB 2343 by Athena Salman—Expands insurance coverage of contraception

AZ HB 2578 by Pamela Powers Hannley—Requires medically accurate sexuality education

AZ HB 2716 by Athena Salman—Repeals law that criminalizes abortion

California

CA SB 24 by Connie Leyva–Requires campus health centers to stock medication abortion

CA SR 7 by Connie Leyva – ADOPTED on Jan 22, 2019—Roe Anniversary Resolution

CA HR 6 by Monique Limon – ADOPTED on Jan 22, 2019—Roe Anniversary Resolution

**CA AB 1442 by Luz Rivas—Offers a state tax credit for motion picture expenses moved to California from states that have enacted strict antiabortion statutes—PASSED the ASSEMBLY

Colorado

**CO HB 1032 by Susan Lontine—Clarifies and improves requirements for comprehensive sexuality education in schools (ENACTED)

CO HB 5854 by Jillian Gilchrest—Provides insurance coverage for abortion

Connecticut

CT HB 5854 by Jillian Gilchrest—Requires health insurance coverage for abortion

**CT HB 7070 by Joint Committee on Public Health—Bans deceptive practices by CPCs (PASSED HOUSE)

Florida

FL SB 410 by Lori Berman—LARCs program

FL SB 926 by Lori Berman—Provides medically accurate sexuality education

FL SB 1286 by Lauren Book—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

FL SB 1290 by Lauren Book—Ends some restrictions on abortion clinics

FL HB 579 by Tracie Davis—LARCs program

FL HB 703 by Richard Stark—Provides medically accurate sexuality education

FL HB 6057 by Anna Eskamani—Removes 24 hour waiting period and provision that prevents funding for certain reproductive health organizations

Georgia

HB 498 by Park Cannon—Would create an all-women study committee to examine the perils of erectile dysfunction

HB 604 by Park Cannon—Would require men over age 55 to report to local police “when such male releases sperm from his testicles”

HB 618 by Park Cannon—Would remove Viagra from the prescription benefits of state employees.

Hawaii

HI SB 357 by Scott Saiki—Allows APCs to provide abortion

**HI SB 415 by Karl Rhoads—Allows APCs to provide abortion, amended to a study (PASSED SENATE)

**HI SB 1043 by Laura Thielen—Requires insurance coverage for abortion and contraception, amended to a study (PASSED SENATE)

HI HB 385 by John Mizuno—Requires medically accurate sexuality Education

HI HB 935 by John Mizuno—Allows APCs to provide abortion

HI HB 1087 by Linda Ichiyama—Requires coverage for abortion and contraception

HI HB 1434 by Linda Ichiyama—Allows APCs to provide abortion

HI HB 1560 by Henry Aquino—Allows APCs to provide abortion

Illinois

**IL SB 25 by Malinda Bush—Reproductive Health Act protecting the right to abortion and repealing obsolete language—PASSED LEGISLATURE

IL SB 183 by Heather Steans—Protects Roe

IL SB 184 by Heather Steans—Protects Roe

IL SB 1594 by Elgie Sims—Repeals parental notice of abortion

IL SB 1942 by Melinda Bush—Reproductive Health Act guarantees the right to abortion

IL HB 452 by Martin Moylan—Provides abortion insurance for state employees

IL HB 2467 by Chris Welch—Repeals parental notice of abortion

IL HB 2495 by Kelly Cassidy—Reproductive Health Act guarantees the right to abortion

IL HB 2820 by Ann Williams—Sexual Education

**IL HB 3550 by Ann Williams—Strengthens requirements for sex education in schools (PASSED LEGISLATURE)

IL Executive Order 05-2019—Orders the Department of Central Management Services to review and report on abortion coverage for all state employee health plans

Indiana

IN SB 414 by Jean Breaux—Provides contraceptive coverage for state employees

IN SB 589 by Jean Breaux—Fundamental right to abortion and contraception

Iowa

IA HB 581 by Liz Bennett—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

Kansas

KS HB 2124 by Brett Parker—Requires health insurance to cover contraception

Maine

ME HB 21 by Lois Galgay Reckitt—Provides abortion coverage for Medicaid recipients

ME HB 64 by Joyce Jay McCreight—Provides contraception for Medicaid recipients

**ME HB 594 Joyce Jay McCreight—Requires insurance coverage for abortions by Medicaid and private insurers (PASSED HOUSE)

**ME LD 1261 by Speaker Sara Gideon on behalf of the Governor—Allows APCs to perform abortions (ENACTED)

Maryland

MD HB 1031 by Speaker Michael Busch—Constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights (withdrawn)

Massachusetts

MA SB 587 by Cindy Friedman—Requires insurance coverage for abortion

MA SB 1209 by Harriette Chandler—Clarifies law to support right to abortion

MA SB 1452 by Becca Rausch—Information and access to contraception for incarcerated women

MA SB 1335 by Becca Rausch—Clarifies law to support right to abortion

MA HB 1102 by Lindsay Sabadosa—Requires insurance coverage for abortion

MA HB 1119 by Chynah Tyler—Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives

MA HB 1484 by Kay Khan—Information and access to contraception for incarcerated women

MA HB 3320 by Patricia Haddad—Clarifies law to support right to abortion

MA HB 3498 by Marjorie Decker—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

Michigan

MI HR 9 by Kristy Pagan—Roe anniversary resolution

MI HB 4115 by Tenisha Yancey—Repeals crime of using drugs to induce abortion

Missouri

MO SB 170 by Jill Schupp—Repeals the current waiting period

MO HB 536 by Judy Morgan—Respect Women’s Abortion Decisions Act (codify Roe)

MO HB 800 by Ian Mackey—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

MO HCR 14 by Judy Morgan—Abortion is healthcare resolution

Mississippi

MS HB 194 by Omeria Scott—Requires Medicaid to cover contraception

MS HB 542 by Jarvis Dortch—Requires insurance to cover contraception

Nebraska

**NE LB 243 by Megan Hunt—Requires a study of medical refusals for contraception or abortion

NE LB 503 by Megan Hunt—Allows telemedicine for abortion

NE LB 555 by Megan Hunt—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

Nevada

**NV SB 179 by Yvanna Cancela—Supports abortion rights and repeals obsolete criminal penalties (ENACTED)

**NV enacted AB 124 by Connie Munk—Requires notification of sexual assault survivors of important facts, rights and clinics, including information about emergency contraception (ENACTED)

New Jersey

NJ SB 708 by Teresa Ruiz—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ SB 845 by Shirley Turner—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ SB 1346 by Shirley Turner—Directs Medicaid to cover emergency contraception

NJ SB 1347 by Shirley Turner—Directs the health department to encourage LARCs

NJ SB 2405 by Shirley Turner—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ SB 2983 by Teresa Ruiz—Requires that if CPCs offer ultrasound that the operator must be a licensed professional

**NJ SB 3742 by Loretta Weinberg—Requires pharmacies to stock and dispense emergency contraception

**NJ SB 3743 by Vin Gopal—Requires the State Board of Education to mandate certain insurance coverage for school employees and retirees, including coverage for abortion

**NJ SB 3754 by Stephan Sweeney—Requires the State Board of Education to mandate certain insurance coverage for school employees and retirees, including coverage for abortion

**NJ SB 3804 by Teresa Ruiz—Requires health benefits coverage for contraception

NJ SR 96 by Loretta Weinberg—Resolution in favor of abortion rights, directed at congress (passed in Sept. 2018)

NJ SCR 154 by Linda Greenstein—Resolution condemning federal restrictions on employees’ contraception

NJ AB 1532 by Andrew Zwicker—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ AB 1712 by Valerie Huttle—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ AB 1717 by Valerie Huttle—Requires pharmacies to stock emergency contraceptives

NJ AB 1734 by Valerie Huttle—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NJ AB 1849 by Pamela Lampitt—Requires employers to offer contraception coverage

NJ AB 2374 by Valerie Huttle—Directs Meidicaid to cover emergency contraception

NJ AB 4399 by Lisa Swain—Requires that if CPCs offer ultrasound that the operator must be a licensed professional

NJ AB 4402 by Lisa Swain—Requires disclosure by CPCs

NJ AB 4503 by Valerie Huttle—Requires 12 month contraceptive coverage

NJ AB 4847 by Raj Mukherji—Directs the health department to encourage LARCs

NJ AR 181 by Valerie Huttle—Resolution in favor of abortion rights, directed at congress (passed in Sept. 2018)

NJ AR 182 by Lisa Swain—Resolution criticizing CPC fraud

NJ ACR 209 by Louis Greenwald—Resolution in favor of contraception for state employees

New Mexico

NM SB 254 by John Arthur Smith—Appropriation includes money for LARCs

NM HB 2 by Patricia Lundstrom—Long acting reversible contraception mentorship program

NM HB 51 by Joanne Ferrary—Legislation to decriminalize abortion (PASSED THE HOUSE)

NM HB 89 by Deborah Armstrong—Require insurance coverage for contraception (ENACTED)

NM HB 333 by Roberto Gonzales—Appropriation includes money for LARCs

New York

NY SB 240 by Liz Krueger—The Reproductive Health Act – ENACTED on 1/22/19

NY SB 659 by Julia Salazar—Requires insurance coverage for contraception – ENACTED 4/12/19

NY SB 2264 by Brad Hoylman—Requires disclosure by CPCs

NY SB 2472 by James Sanders—Pharmacies must display ECs

NY SB 3126 by Alessandro Biaggi—Guarantees the right to Abortion in prison

NY AB 21 by Deborah Glick—Reproductive Health Act

NY AB 118 by Linda Rosenthal—Guarantees the right to Abortion in prison

NY AB 487 by Amy Paulin—Requires insurance coverage for emergency contraceptives

NY AB 585 by Kevin Cahill—Requires insurance coverage for contraception

NY AB 1152 by Deborah Glick—Requires abortion training for OBGYN in medical residency

NY AB 2352 by Deborah Glick—Requires disclosure by CPCs

NY AB 2722 by Rodneyse Bichotte—Pharmacies can’t refuse contraception

NY AB 2808 by Amy Paulin—Requires access to emergency contraception

NY AB 2831 by Robert Rodriguez—Pharmacies must display ECs

NY AB 2876 by Brian Barnwell—Reproductive Health Act

NY AB 4372 by Deborah Glick—The state to study CPCs

Pennsylvania

PA SB 189 by Daylin Leach—Repeals TRAP law

Rhode Island

RI SB 152 Gayle Goldin—The Reproductive Privacy Act to codify Roe (amended to conform with HB 5125)

RI HB 5125 by Anastasia Williams—The Reproductive Privacy Act to codify Roe (passed House)

RI HB 5127 Edith Ajello—Reproductive Health Care Act (RHCA) to codify Roe

Texas

TX SB 30 by Gina Hinojosa—Allows transfer of unused LARC funds under Medicaid

TX SB 150 by Jose Rodrigues—Whole Woman’s Health Act

TX SB 2059 by Jose Menendez—Safe At Home Act

TX HB 247 by Jessica Farrar—Emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors

TX HB 248 Jessica Farrar—Removes medical inaccuracies from Women’s Right to Know Abortion mandated speech

TX HB 249 by Jessica Farrar—Eliminates the 24-hour waiting period for abortion

TX HB 895 by Sheryl Cole—Provides Medicaid coverage for abortion (Rosie’s Law)

TX HB 1478 by Jon Rosenthal—No employment discrimination for reproductive choices (Keep Bosses Out of the Bedroom)

TX HB 1870 by Jon Rosenthal—Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE bill)

TX HB 3282 by Jose Menendez—Safe At Home Act

Vermont

**VT HB 57 by Ann Pugh—Protects the right to abortion (PASSED LEGISLATURE)

Virginia

VA SB 1054 Mamie Locke—Would repeal the ultrasound requirement for abortion

VA SB 1344 Barbara Favola—No-Copay Contraception, creates state-level protection against the expansive religious exemption to the ACA’s birth control coverage mandate

VA SB 1451 Jennifer McClellan—REPEAL Act would repeal TRAP restrictions and medically unnecessary requirements

VA SB 1637 Jennifer Boysko—Reproductive Freedom Act to codify abortion rights

VA HB 2207 Eileen Filler-Corn—No-Copay Contraception, creates state-level protection against the expansive religious exemption to the ACA’s birth control coverage mandate

VA HB 2369 Charniele Herring—Reproductive Freedom Act to codify abortion rights

VA HB 2491 Kathy Tran—REPEAL Act would repeal TRAP restrictions and medically unnecessary requirements

West Virginia

WV HB 3038 Mike Pushkin—Increases access to contraception

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