The California State Senate recently approved a bill, AB154, that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester.
This type of abortion includes inserting a tube and using a suction machine.
The State Senate approved the bill by a 25-11 vote, but it goes back to the California Assembly for a final vote, notes the Associated Press.
According to State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), the bill would make abortions available in areas of California that don't have enough doctors.
Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire currently allow nurse practitioners to perform this type of abortion.