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May 8, 2022

"So, I have a bill that would provide hope accounts because those kids, they are going to turn 18, and then they won't have parents that they can rely on. And so, fortunately, we have social security survivor benefits for most of those kids, not all, but many of them," California Senator Nancy Skinner told CBS News Michael George. 

 Skinner's bill would put $4,000 in accounts aimed at children from poor families, but that's just one state. 

May 6, 2022

“Besides the unimaginable loss of losing your parents, this can be quite detrimental economically,” said California Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. She’s proposed a bill, SB854, the HOPE for Children Act, to create modest financial cushions for children bereaved by COVID and foster children. (Foster children would be included regardless of whether they lost a parent to COVID.)

May 4, 2022

Other proposals regarding funding include a bill that would create a state-administered fund for abortions that encourages private-sector donations, “so that the state funds don’t have to provide alone for this influx,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the author of Senate Bill 1142, said Tuesday.

May 4, 2022

On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento highlighted a package of bills moving through the Legislature intended to shore up abortion access in California.

The bills include a measure to create a fund to pay for abortions for low-income people. The state’s health insurance program for low-income Californians, Medi-Cal, already covers abortion services, but lawmakers said the money could further expand access to low-income people and could fund abortions for women from other states.

May 4, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, who also represents Berkeley and the East Bay, said California will be a “beacon for reproductive freedom” and called the SCOTUS vote “outrageous.” And Berkeley State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, who famously brought her newborn baby to the assembly floor in 2020 and has publicly shared her own experience with miscarriage and abortion, again shared her experience on television Tuesday.

 

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May 4, 2022

“I learned I was pregnant after casual sex — sex that both my partner and I thought was ‘protected.’ We had no intention to have a child. Roe vs Wade was decided just a few years earlier. My abortion: no regrets.”

—Nancy Skinner, California State Senator, D-Berkeley

 

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