'Model for the Nation': California Expands Access to Abortions

Move runs counter-current to state-level attacks on reproductive rights and access across the US

The state of California expanded access to abortions Wednesday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows a wider spectrum of non-physician medical providers to perform abortions.

This bill goes beyond the laws of Washington, Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire--which allow nurse practitioners to perform abortions using tubes and suction--by permitting nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform abortions using suction.

The move runs counter-current to a wave of restrictions on reproductive rights and access in states across the U.S.--from Ohio to Texas.

Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, declared, "We hope that California can serve as a model for the nation and help stem the tide of regressive reproductive health laws," she said.


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