The Contraceptive Equity Act of 2022 has recently been signed into law in California. This new legislation was a response to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women”s Health Organization, decision. Dobbs is seen by reproductive rights advocates and many others as a horrific ruling. The Act was also in response to threats by Republicans at the national and state levels to repeal other reproductive rights that have been taken for granted by Americans for decades.
The Contraceptive Equity Act amends California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by adding “reproductive health decision-making” as a legally protected category. This means that individuals will be protected under the law when making decisions regarding their reproductive health, including but not limited to decisions related to the use or access of drugs, devices, products, or medical services.
The definition of “reproductive health decision-making” has been provided in the act, and it is meant to be inclusive and not limited to a specific set of circumstances. This definition ensures that individuals are able to make informed decisions about their reproductive health without fear of discrimination.
With the signing of this new legislation, California continues to be at the forefront of protecting the reproductive rights of its residents. The Contraceptive Equity Act is a crucial step in ensuring that individuals have the right to make decisions about their own bodies, free from discrimination and fear of retaliation.
As attorneys, we seek to educate and inform individuals about their rights under the law. We encourage all Californians to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Contraceptive Equity Act of 2022. Seek legal advice if you believe your rights are not being respected.