(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — A state lawmaker is proposing to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to perform routine abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy as a way of expanding access to the procedure across California.

Only doctors may perform aspiration abortions, the most common method of terminating early pregnancies, under existing state law. But many parts of California, particularly rural areas, do not have enough of those physicians, said state Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), author of the proposal, which is co-sponsored by the heads of both legislative houses.

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