Governor Newsom Signs Senate Leader Atkins’ Critical Reproductive Access Legislation

September 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement following Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law SB 1375, which would allow qualified nurse practitioners to provide first trimester abortions without the supervision of a physician:

“Abortion is healthcare—timely, essential healthcare that patients should not have to scramble to secure. Enabling qualified nurse practitioners to provide first trimester abortions without doctor supervision is a major step forward in expanding access to quality, affordable reproductive health care statewide and is critical given the physician shortage. I want to thank Governor Newsom for signing this legislation, as well as my principal co-author Assemblymember Jim Wood; my colleagues in the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, including Caucus Chair Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, who managed the bill in the Assembly; the California Association of Nurse Practitioners; and the California Future of Abortion Council for their continued partnership. SB 1375 is one of over a dozen bills that the California Legislative Women’s Caucus sent to the Governor to protect and expand access to reproductive services for Californians and all who come here seeking medical care.”


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Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: