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California Bill Regarding Performance of Abortion (AB 154)

This law was last updated on Sep 10, 2015




AB 154




Jan 22, 2013


Co-sponsors: 2
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 4

Full Bill Text

AB 154 would make it a public offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment, or both, for a person to perform an abortion if the person does not have a valid license to practice as a physician and surgeon, except that it would not be a public offense for a person to perform an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques in the first trimester of pregnancy if he or she holds a license or certificate authorizing him or her to perform the functions necessary for an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques.

Existing law does not contain the exception for persons performing an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques.

The bill would also require a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant to complete training, as specified, and to comply with standardized procedures or protocols, as specified, in order to perform an abortion by aspiration techniques, and would indefinitely authorize a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant who completed a specified training program and
achieved clinical competency to continue to perform abortions by aspiration
techniques. The bill would delete the references to a nonsurgical abortion and would delete the restrictions on assisting with abortion procedures.