SACRAMENTO (LA Times) — California women will have more access to abortion after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday that allows nurse practitioners and other non-physicians to perform the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the measure because of concern that there are not enough physicians, especially in rural areas, to meet the needs of women who desire an abortion.
“Timely access to reproductive health services is critical to women’s health,” Atkins said in a statement. “AB 154 will ensure that no woman has to travel excessively long distances or wait for long periods in order to obtain an early abortion.”
The measure was one of seven bills signed by the governor Wednesday that involved women’s health, including legislation to promote breastfeeding.
Neither Brown nor his staff would comment on his signing the abortion bill, which extends the ability to perform abortions by vacuum aspiration techniques to nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician’s assistants.
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