Bixby experts testify before nation's first select committee on reproductive health

On June 27, Bixby experts testified at the inaugural hearing of the California Assembly's Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health. The committee, chaired by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, is the first of its kind in the nation. The first panel set the stage for the conversation, focusing on the landscape for reproductive health in California and gaps that the legislature should address. 

Jennifer Yarger, PhD, a social demographer with the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, shared her research on persistent disparities in access to contraception in California, and how insurance and cost remain barriers.

Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, family physician and director of the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, warned about narratives that frame family planning as a cure for societal problems like poverty, and called for a commitment to health care and policy that focuses on human autonomy and dignity. 

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