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Topic - Toni Atkins
At a time when other states are moving to restrict abortion services, California Democrats have pushed through two new laws that will permit nonphysicians such as midwives to perform abortion procedures in the first 12 weeks and will loosen building standards for abortion clinics.
Midwives and other health professionals will be permitted to perform first-trimester abortions under a bill passed by the California legislature.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown has a ticking time bomb on his desk: He must sign a recently passed bill by Sunday for it to become law.
"Early abortion access is a critical public health issue," said Democratic state Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, lead sponsor of AB 154, which will permit trained midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester "aspiration" abortions.
With more qualified providers available to do early abortions, women in underserved areas should be able to get early abortions without traveling "excessively long distances," Ms. Atkins said.