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Gov. Brown signs bills on birth control, inmate rights
Gov. Brown signs bills on birth control, inmate rights

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law bills requiring most health plans to cover a variety of contraceptive methods, banning forced or coerced sterilizations of inmates in California prisons and giving felons behind bars easier access to DNA tests that could prove their innocence. The birth control bill covers contraceptive drugs, devices and products for women, as well as related counseling, follow-up services and voluntary sterilization procedures. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her bill, which runs counter to the limits some other states are placing on access to birth control, ensures that Californians can obtain contraception without restrictions, delays or...

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