Brown Signs Bill Allowing Nurses To Prescribe Birth Control

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — During a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows nurses to dispense birth control, making it easier for women to get contraceptives.

The Democratic governor was joined Saturday by women’s health advocates who cheered the signing of AB2348.

“At a time when some seek to turn back the clock and restrict women’s health choices, California is expanding access to birth control and reaffirming every woman’s basic Constitutional rights,” Brown said.

The bill, authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), was passed by lawmakers in August. It allows registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to dispense the pill, patches and rings.

Julie Rabinovitz, head of the California Family Health Council, applauded the governor for working to expand access to contraception for women.

“With his signature, the governor also took action to address provider shortages statewide by allowing…

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