As the political pendulum on the issue of abortion begins to swing back to the right, we offer the voting records of our state representatives on such matters. Five reproductive-rights-related bills are now headed through the legislative process: AB561 was designed to assure that four teen pregnancy prevention programs were protected by law and maintained into the future; AB996 would prevent insurance companies from cancelling or refusing to renew coverage for clinics involved in an “anti-reproductive hate crime"; SB71 unifies high-school sex education classes, requiring they be comprehensive, medically accurate and free of bias; SB490 expands access to emergency contraception without a prescription; and SB937 streamlines licensing requirements for community clinics and encourages a stronger relationship between the clinics and the Department of Health Services. In most cases, the “no” votes were part of a single-digit minority.
Assembly AB561 AB996 SB71 SB490 SB937
Rick Keene (R-Chico) no no no no no
Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) no no no no no
Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) no no no no yes