Bill Revives Effort To Expand Early-Term Abortion Access
On Tuesday, Assembly member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced a bill (AB 154) that would revive last year's push to allow additional medical professionals, including nurse practitioners and midwives, to perform an early-term abortion procedure. Proponents say the measure is important for women living in communities without access to abortion care. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a weakened version of the bill (SB 623), which allowed only non-doctor clinicians trained through a specific pilot program to perform the procedure.
- "Democratic Lawmakers Revive California Bill on Early-Abortion Providers" (White, Sacramento Bee, 1/23).