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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.