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California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, San Diego Democrat, urges lawmakers in Sacramento to approve her bill to allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of abortion in the first trimester. By a 49-25 vote, the Assembly approved Ms. Atkins' bill and it was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. (associated press)

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