Diana Taylor, PhD, RNP is the co-principal investigator and lead author of study findings from HWPP #171 with Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA.
October 9, 2013 marks the day when California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 (AB154) into law culminating a decade worth of work on expanding the pool of safe, qualified professionals authorized to provide early abortion care.
Authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), AB154 removes barriers to abortion provision for nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and physician assistants (PAs), allowing them to perform to the fullest extent of their education and competency and provide more comprehensive reproductive health care for women throughout the State. The bill is based on ANSIRH’s six-year study, Health Workforce Pilot Project (HWPP) #171, which shows that these skilled health professionals can safely and competently provide early abortion care and that women appreciate receiving care in their own communities from providers they know and trust.
Abortion, like all health care services, should be provided by safe, qualified professionals. (more…)