Abortion Rates Highest Among Black Teens- Clutch Magazine

Earlier this week the California Senate approved Bill AB154 which would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimesters.  An aspiration abortion involves inserting a tube and using suction to terminate a pregnancy. The bill is now one step away from the governor. The measure backed by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, received a 25-11 vote.

From the Associated Press:

Expanding the list of professionals who can perform those types of abortions would help make them available in areas that have few doctors, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who carried the measure in the Senate. She said about half of California counties lack abortion providers.

“All women deserve access to care in their local communities,” she said.

The procedure is safest when performed early, yet women in rural areas often have difficulty arranging for and traveling to a provider, she said.

Several Republicans objected to the expansion, saying it would increase medical risks for patients.

“Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue that only the best-trained should conduct such an operation,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber. “It has direct and profound impact on lives: the mother and the baby — and there is a baby.”

If the bill is passed, California will follow in the footsteps of Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire where nurse practitioners are already allowed to perform aspiration abortions.

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  • Avril

    Well CNM, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practioners are highly skilled, licensed professionals who can monitor and treat signs and symptoms of post abortion complications. No, they are not doctors, but they are more than competent enough to perform EARLY/first trimester abortions. Anything outside of that window of time would be questionable at best due to safety. This lends itself to the real Doctor shortage due to hyperspecialization in med school. We have to use other health care providers because most MD’s are trying to make as much money as fast as they possibly can post-med school. Family practice is not cutting it and most residents’ have been scared to death over OB/GYN liability. You’ll be seeing a Nurse Practioner far more than an MD when it comes to family practice in the near future at this rate.

    • Dee D

      I agree. I hope similar bills sent are proposed and passed in all 50 states.