Senate Panel OKs Scaled Back Early-Term Abortion Bill

On Tuesday, the California Senate Public Safety Committee approved a scaled-back version of a bill (SB 1338) -- by Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) --  that would allow only a limited number of non-physicians to perform an early-term abortion procedure. Under the original bill, up to 24,000 trained nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified midwives would have been permitted to conduct aspiration abortions, but the revised version allows just 41 professionals who have been trained as part of a UC-San Francisco pilot program to perform the procedure.

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