State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Certain Health Care Providers To Perform Early Abortion Procedure
On Monday, the California Senate voted 25-11 to approve a bill (AB 154), by Assembly member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform an early abortion procedure known as an aspiration abortion. The bill now will return to the Assembly -- which was passed the measure in May -- so lawmakers can ratify amendments before sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
- "California Senate Bill Allows Nurses To Perform Abortions" (Marois, Bloomberg, 8/27).
- "Bill Would Not Let Non-Physicians Perform Abortions" (Thompson, AP/San Jose Mercury News, 8/26).