Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday expanded access to abortion in California, signing a bill to allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform a common type of abortion, known as an aspiration abortion, during the first trimester.
Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire allow nurse practitioners to perform such abortions, which use a tube and suction, while several other states, including California, permit nonphysicians to provide drugs to terminate a pregnancy.
But the new California law goes further, allowing a wider range of nonphysician practitioners to perform surgical abortions. While other states have passed laws restricting abortion access, California has gone against the tide.
"We are trending in a different direction, and we're very proud of it," said Toni Atkins, the state assemblywoman who wrote the bill.
New York Times