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Guadalupe Hernandez receives an ultrasound by nurse practitioner Gail Brown during a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009.
Guadalupe Hernandez receives an ultrasound by nurse practitioner Gail Brown during a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. | (Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Lott)

Allows nurse practitioners to provide abortions without a physician's supervision

Bill SB 1375 makes additions to existing law, allowing for nurse practitioners who complete board-recognized training to conduct first-trimester abortions. Current law requires a nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwives to perform abortions under the supervision of an experienced physician or surgeon.  

The legislation revises this standard by permitting nurse practitioners who complete state-mandated training to perform aspiration abortions without a physician's supervision.

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