A bill allowing qualified nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants to provide abortions to women in their communities has passed the California legislature, and Gov. Brown has signed it into law.
Actually, make that two bills.
ProPublica has the details:
AB 154 would allow specially trained nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions without a doctor’s supervision. AB 980 would hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as other primary care facilities, instead of the stricter rules that some cities and counties would like to impose. Both are aimed at making the procedure more widely available in rural, largely conservative parts of the state where incomes are low, teen pregnancies are rampant, and finding an abortion provider often means taking the day off from work or school, getting on a bus, and traveling for hours or days.