In a time when challenges to Roe v. Wade, a case that has provided protections for abortion services for more than 50 years, are expected, a focus on women’s health and expanding provider access is key. Over 40 percent of California counties do not have clinics that provide abortions and, according to the California Future of Abortion Council, because of the number of states seeking to ban abortion, the number of women traveling to California for abortion care may increase significantly.
In 2013, AB 154 (Atkins) increased the types of trained health professionals who can provide early abortions by allowing NPs, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform early abortions safely within the terms of their licenses. This was a significant and necessary change to expand access to critical abortion services.
Additionally, in 2020, AB 890 (Wood) was passed by the California Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, and it was signed into law by the Governor. AB 890 defined eligibility requirements for NPs to practice without physician supervision, including certification from a nationally accredited certifying entity and completion of a postgraduate transition-to-practice (TTP) of three full-time equivalent years or 4,600 hours of practice under physician supervision.