Thanks to a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, nurse practioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants will now be allowed to perform aspiration abortions within the first trimester in the state of California. The method involves the insertion of a tube into the uterus and using suction to end the pregnancy. Similar legislation has already been in effect in Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon and Montana.
The bill by introduced by Toni Atkins(D-San Diego) had been hailed by pro-choice advocates as a means of providing better health care for women.
“Timely access to reproduction health services is critical to women’s health,” stated Atkins. “AB154 will ensure that no women has to travel excessively long distances or wait for long periods in order to obtain an early abortion.
In addition, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that it would “significantly decrease the overall risk of complications, which increases with gestational age.””
On the other hand, Republican lawmakers warned that it could put women at risk.
“It’s truly disheartening and disingenerous that Governor Brown and legislature Democrats created a law to lower the standard of care for women under the guise of creating ‘access’,” commented Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee).
Despite their concern, data gathered by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that it would “significantly decrease the overall risk of complications, which increases with gestational age, and noted that complications from the procedure performed by doctors and non-doctors were below 2%.