Senate approves Atkins bill allowing nurse practitioners to perform abortions

SAN DIEGO — A bill from pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, to allow qualified nurse practitioners to perform the first-

Quarterly abortions without a supervising physician were approved by the State Senate today.

Senate Bill 1375 follows work done by Atkins in 2013 on Assembly Bill 154, which allows nurse practitioners to provide first-trimester abortions under

the supervision of a doctor. In 2020, Assemblyman Jim Wood D-Santa Rosa authored AB 890, which created opportunities for qualified nurse practitioners to provide patient care without the supervision of a physician.

SB 1375, if signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, would unite the two laws by “allowing qualified nurse practitioners to perform first-trimester abortions.”

as part of their clinical and professional education and training without the supervision of a physician,’ a statement from Atkins’ office read.

‘By increasing the number of nurse practitioners who can perform first-trimester abortions, SB 1375 would give more people the opportunity to get the

the essential and timely care they need from a provider they know and trust,’ Atkins said after the 31-9 vote sent SB 1375 to Newsom’s office.

Republican San Diego County Senators Pat Bates and Brian Jones voted no on the bill, while Democrat Ben Hueso voted yes.

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