Protect UC Patient Access (Wiener) (SB 379)


LGBTQI Rights · Reproductive Justice & Gender Equity

Reproductive and gender-affirming care is under attack around the country. Recently, we have seen an alarming rise in states attempting to restrict reproductive care, like abortion, and ban the provision of healthcare to transgender young people. Unfortunately, California is no exception.

University of California Health, the fourth largest health system in the state, holds contracts with facilities that impose harmful restrictions on reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive care. Despite outcry from its own students and medical providers, UC Health is fighting to retain these contracts.

SB 379, by Senator Scott Wiener, will ensure:

  • UC health contracts are explicit in ensuring that patients can receive inclusive and comprehensive services at all facilities where UC providers practice.
  • Californians are provided with the same high level of care, whether they are at UC Health medical centers or at healthcare facilities that the UC Health system contracts with.
  • UC healthcare providers are able to provide the full range of healthcare services to their patients, including reproductive and gender-affirming care.

Sponsors: Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and ACLU California Action