Support AB 1579: TheHealthy Babies Act of 2014

Bill Author: Assemblymember Mark Stone

Did you know that for women who experience deep poverty, pregnancy can be a dangerous time? Or that domestic violence is more common than any other health problem among women during pregnancy? And that without financial assistance, low-income pregnant women have few alternatives and are more likely to endure abuse that could cause long and short-term harm to both themselves and their unborn fetus.

AB 1579 addresses three significant life challenges for first time, low-income pregnant women experiencing domestic violence: 1) the inability to access cash assistance through the CalWORKs program early on in the pregnancy (currently women must wait until the third trimester), 2) the financial struggles causing domestic violence survivors to remain in abusive relationships; and 3) the health risks faced by a pregnant women and their unborn children.

AB 1579 would allow women to obtain CalWORKs benefits at second trimester of pregnancy and would lessen undue stress on newly expectant mothers by ensuring earlier access to basic needs grants that can mitigate financial burden, eliminate dependence on abusive partners and ensure better health outcomes for their babies.

Visit the Governor’s website and state your individual support. Also, send an e-mail to your networks, co-workers, friends, and ask them to support as well!

– Go to
– Fill in contact information
– Scroll down to: PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECT – the pull down menu—and select AB 1579\CalWORKs: pregnant women.
– Click Continue (sometimes it says submit)
– On the next page, check the Pro circle next to “Position” and write your reason for support.
– Click Send E-mail

Women’s Policy Institute Domestic Violence Team Members:

Maria-Elena Caprio, Shanti Project
Melodie Kruspodin, Peace Over Violence                                                                               Nicole Marquez, Worksafe
Julia Parish, Legal Aid Socieyt- Employment Law Center                                                 Mariya Taher – Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent – W.O.M.A.N., Inc.          Mentor: Krista Niemczyk, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

POSITIONS IN SUPPORT of AB 1579 (Stone) – Healthy Babies Act 2014

  • Peace Over Violence (sponsor)
  • Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (sponsor)
  • O.M.A.N., Inc. (sponsor)
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty (sponsor)
  • Shanti Project (sponsor)
  • ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
  • Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • American Academy of Pediatrics – California
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Asian Women’s Shelter
  • Building Future With Women and Children
  • California Catholic Conference
  • California Food Policy Advocates
  • California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • California Primary Care Association
  • California WIC Association
  • Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
  • Coalition for Women and Children
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
  • Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • Family Violence Law Center
  • Filipina Women’s Network
  • Futures Without Violence
  • March of Dimes – California Chapter
  • My Sister’s House
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
  • National Association of Social Workers – California Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Rally Family Visitation Services
  • Saint Anthony’s Foundation
  • San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon
  • San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
  • San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
  • Vincent de Paul Society – The Riley Center
  • Women’s Foundation of California
  • Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Worksafe
  • Y-Empowerment


None received

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