State Legislators Get High Marks From Reproductive Rights Advocates

Almost two-thirds of all legislators in California earned the highest possible marks for their support of reproductive rights issues, according to an annual review of legislative policy released last week by Planned Parenthood.

The 2015 Legislative Scorecard issued on Nov. 12 gave a perfect 100% rating to 24 of the 40 Senators and 50 of the 80 Assembly members. That’s a top score for 62% of the state’s legislators.

In addition, most of the bills officially supported by Planned Parenthood last session passed, and all of the ones opposed by the organization failed, according to the scorecard.

Two issues supported by the organization didn’t pass during the previous session but remain alive as two-year bills and likely will be taken up again when the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 2:

  • A package of bills that would restore cuts to Medi-Cal provider rates; and
  • SB 447, by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), which would make some changes to enrollment in the Family PACT (Planning, Access, Care and Treatment) program administered by the state Office of Family Planning.

The scorecard results fell distinctly along party lines. All Democrats in the Legislature had a score of 100%, save for two Assembly Democrats and two Senate Democrats. No Republicans had a 100% rating. The highest percentage for any Republican in the Legislature was 57% and two-thirds of them had 17% scores or lower.

“We’re pleased to see that the majority of legislators strongly supported Planned Parenthood’s top legislative priorities,” said Kathy Kneer, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, in a written statement. 

That legislative support is up from last year, when 53% of legislators received perfect scores, compared to 62% this year.

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