On October 9, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 154, authorizing nurse practitioners, physician assistants,and certified nurse midwives to perform aspiration abortion.
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On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
The first article describing the results of the HWPP #171 study, “Safety of Aspiration Abortion Performed by Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives and Physician Assistants under a California Legal Waiver” was published online in the American Journal of Public Health on January 17, 2013.
On September 22,2012, Governor Brown signed SB 623, extending until January 1, 2014, the Health Workforce Pilot Project No. 171, evaluating the safety and effectiveness of allowing nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to provide first trimester aspiration abortion.
A new bill pending before Governor Brown would extend a California pilot project that currently allows participating nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives to perform aspiration abortion. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives have been performing early aspiration abortions under the auspices of the health workforce pilot project since 2007.
Download the full text of SB 623 here.
Here’s an excerpt of the Handbook that clarifies the scope of SB 623:
On March 31, 2007, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (“OSHPD”) approved Health Workforce Pilot Project (“HWPP”) #171, sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco. Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants participating in HWPP #171 may provide first-trimester aspiration abortion under a legal waiver of the following provisions: (1) section 2253 of California Business and Professions Code, (2) section 75043 of title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, and (3) section 1399.541 of title 16 of the California Code of Regulations. This waiver applies only to identified health care providers working at demonstration sites participating in HWPP #171 for the duration of the project.
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