Although a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights says the new complaint from the Catholic conference is under review, Rouillard has reiterated that the agency considers abortion a basic health care service.
California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault
The bill will radically change the current standard of proving sexual assault, which requires victims of sexual assault to demonstrate that they did not consent.
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command
The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates at California Universities
Senator Barbara Boxer urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim’s advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday.
California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates
The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. If he does not sign it within 12 days, it will go into effect by default.
California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion
The state of California had previously allowed insurance companies on two campuses to deny abortion coverage. On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown’s Department of Managed Health Care reversed that decision.
Federal Judge Finds California Death Penalty Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled the California death penalty unconstitutional, leading legal experts to forecast similar calls for overhaul in other states.
Supreme Court Upholds California’s ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ban
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that “gay conversion therapy,” which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state’s right to regulate and can therefore be banned.
Sandra Fluke’s Campaign for California State Senate Advances to General Election
Women’s rights activist and attorney, Sandra Fluke, finished in the top two in her run for an open state Senate seat in California’s 26th district.
Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code
“The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs.”
Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases
31 current and former University of California at Berkeley filed two federal complaints against the college Wednesday, alleging that the university had failed to properly handle sexual assault cases within good time, investigate serial rapists, and take rape and harassment on campus seriously.
California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses
“We want to make sure administrations can’t keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is.”
California Governor Signs Bill Expanding Abortion Access
By expanding abortion access, California bucks the national trend of passing legislation that restricts abortion access.
California To Gradually Raise Minimum Wage
California enacted a law Wednesday that will gradually raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.
Domestic Workers’ Rights Bill Heads to California Governor’s Desk
A bill that would protect the rights of domestic workers has passed the California State Senate.
California Bill Expanding Abortion Access Sent to Governor
Assembly Bill 154, written by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), will allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified midwives to perform abortions within the first 12 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.
California Approves Law Protecting Transgender Students
“[This law is] going to send [students] a message that they are a part of the school community and that they are valued and that we want to see them participate fully and want to see them succeed. That’s a powerful message that, frankly, they have not been getting up to this point.”
Berkeley Students Protest Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale
The group sold baked goods that were priced according to the race and gender of their costumers.