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Wed October 9, 2013

California Law Expands Range Of Abortion Providers

More medical professionals will be able to perform early-term abortions under a new law that takes effect in January. 

Jerry Brown in 2010
California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010
Credit Neon Tommy/Wikimedia

Reporter Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on the 25 bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed Wednesday – and the seven he vetoed.

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Of all the bills the governor acted on in this latest batch, the abortion measure provoked the loudest debate in the legislature. 

It expands the range of medical professionals who can provide first-trimester abortions to include nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, and certified nurse midwives. 

Brown has also signed a bill extending a program that provides insurance coverage for autism from the middle of next year through the end of 2016.

The governor vetoed a measure that would have provided “full scope” first and second trimester health care coverage for pregnant women who earn between 60 and 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Brown said he supports the policy, but he can’t support the bill because it was left out of the Medi-Cal expansion negotiated earlier this year.

At the State Capitol, I’m Ben Adler.