SACRAMENTO--A bill to give nurse practitioners and other non-physicians the right to perform first-trimester abortions cleared the Legislature on Friday.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), the bill's author, said the measure would expand access to abortion providers in many rural counties where there is no place for a woman to receive an abortion.
The bill, AB 154, "reaffirms California's status as a leader in the access for safe and comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women, regardless of where they reside," Atkins said on the Assembly floor Friday.
Republicans opposed the bill. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) said allowing nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and nurse midwives to perform abortions would "lower the standard of care for women."