Giving California women more access to abortion, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday that allows nurse practitioners and certain other non-physicians to perform the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The governor acted on 32 bills in all, approving measures that will cap drug costs for cancer patients, expand the number of people on CalFresh, the state\’s food stamp program, and promote breastfeeding.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the abortion measure because of concern that not enough physicians perform abortions, especially in rural areas, to meet the needs of women seeking to terminate a pregnancy.
\”Timely access to reproductive health services is critical to women\’s health,\” Atkins said in a statement. \”AB 154 will ensure that no woman has to travel excessively long distances or wait for long periods in order to obtain an early abortion.\”