Abortion bill passes

AB 154 designed to address shortage of abortion providers in California

Gov. Jerry Brown approved state legislation on Oct. 9 that expands the type of medical providers able to perform abortions.

Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants will be allowed to perform first-trimester abortions using a method called aspiration under Assembly Bill 154, authored by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), according to The Sacramento Bee.

Supporters of AB 154 say it will address a shortage of abortion providers in California and eliminate the need for traveling long distances for the procedure, while opponents argue patient safety will be compromised due to a lower standard of care.