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Assembly Bill 154 addresses the current shortage of health care professionals able to provide early abortion care in Californi

by Ruby Warnock

Last week AB 154, sponsored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, was approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. The bill addresses the current shortage of health care professionals able to provide early abortion care in California. Under the bill, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse-midwives would be able to perform aspiration abortions after receiving training.

A recent six-year study led by UCSF's ANSIRH and published in the American Journal of Public Health showed that trained nurse practitioners, midwives and physicians assistants can provide early abortions as safely as physicians and that women greatly appreciate receiving care in their own communities.

The bill states, “According to the Guttmacher Institute, 52% of California counties lack an abortion provider (removing hospitals, which typically provide a small number of procedures for medical and fetal indications).” The approval of the bill would improve access to quality care for countless women in the state.

Currently in the United States, state regulations determine who can provide abortions, with several states specifically prohibiting non-physician clinicians from performing the procedure. Currently only four states allow non-physician to perform medication and aspiration abortions, and this landmark bill would make California the fifth!


Regulations around abortion providers in the U.S. (American Journal of Public Health)

Make sure to tell your Legislator you support the bill!


Quick links: barriers to health care access for transgender people 

While our main focus is abortion support, the Bay Area Doula Project is dedicated to providing nonjudgmental, compassionate and empowering support to folks across a full spectrum of reproductive experiences, regardless of sexual orientation, race, class, ability, immigration status, religion, gender identity, etc. In the past week two articles discussing issues faced by transgender people in accessing care in the Bay Area and on a national level were published. While the articles are not specifically discussing access to reproductive health care services, the stories contained within are still important to our work. Not only women are seeking abortions, and it is important to understand the intersecting challenges faced by people while seeking the support and care they need.

Healthy transitions, by Yael Chanoff, published by the San Francisco Bay Guardian on 8/14/12

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Transgender People, by Marisa Carrol, published by The Nation on 8/14/12

Additionally, here is a blog post by BADP member Kelly Nichols, published on The Provider Project, about thinking beyond women as the only people seeking abortion and other reproductive health services.