SACRAMENTO -- Governor Brown signed seven bills today relating to women's health: among them, controversial legislation that would expand abortion access.
The law, authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, will allow nurse practitioners, certified midwives and physicians assistants to perform first trimester abortions.
"We hope to address a current shortage of health care professionals able to provide early abortion care in California," Atkins said.
While Planned Parenthood says the law will expand abortion to women in rural and underserved communities, local anti-abortion leader Wynette Sills believes the bill is really about money.
"If they can provide the same abortion services using lesser paid, lesser trained clinical staff, they can maximize their profits to the detriment of women's health and safety," Sills said.
California becomes the fifth state to allow nurse practitioners to perform abortions.