Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Cards
As a state program, the California Prenatal Screening (PNS) Program must comply with Assembly Bill 959, effective July 1, 2018.
AB 959 says that all state programs offering services to residents within California must collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of standard demographic data collection. The Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) card included as part of the PNS Program test requisition form (TRF), collects information from patients accessing PNS Program services. The information collected on SOGI cards is not identifiable and will not be associated with prenatal screening dates. Prenatal care providers must give the SOGI card to their patients as part of the TRF. Participation by patients is voluntary and does not affect prenatal screening service.
- All patients who choose prenatal screening services are given a test requisition form (TRF) for blood collection.
- The prenatal care provider tears off the SOGI card from the TRF and hands it to the patient. The card must be removed in order to access the TRF.
- The prenatal care provider should not write on or apply any patient information to the card, such as name, address, or other identifiable information.
- The prenatal care provider should inform the patient that they may complete the postage-paid card and drop it off in any USPS mailbox.
- Patients only need to submit a card once per pregnancy. Patients with first and second trimester integrated results should only send one card despite receiving two SOGI cards in their pregnancy.