This bill will improve access to abortion services by broadening the types of health professionals who can safely provide aspiration abortions throughout the first trimester. These advance trained health professionals include nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physicians assistants. Almost half of the counties in California have no accessible provider, requiring women to travel a significant distance to terminate a pregnancy. By increasing the number of trained health professionals who are competent to provide care, this measure would allow women to receive care locally from health professionals they already know and trust through a more responsive health care delivery system.
Results from a comprehensive five-year pilot project conducted by the University of California San Francisco demonstrated that trained health professionals can safely provide early abortions and that women appreciated receiving care in their own communities by the clinicians who provide the majority of their well women care. The study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health.