California’s proposal to allow nurses, midwives and physicians assistants to perform first trimester abortions has undergone a few changes, but is still far from becoming law, and may never be thanks to a deadlock in senate committee.
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The original version of the bill, which would have allowed up to 24,000 medical professionals to be able to perform abortions, was torpedoed by the state’s Nurses Association, resulting in the watered down version that would instead only allow 41 providers who were involved in a special program be approved instead.
But even the new version seems too controversial to come up for a vote, likely due to Vargas’s national congressional aspirations, according to the report. However, the bill will be reheard on May 8th.