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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Restrictions on Who May Provide Abortion Services

California prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion services.

Only a licensed physician and surgeon may provide surgical abortion care. An advanced practice clinician, including a licensed nurse practitioner or certified nurse-midwife may provide surgical and non-surgical abortion services in the first trimester. Only a person who has a valid license or certificate obtained pursuant to California law authorizing that person to assist in the provision of surgical abortion services may assist.  Only a licensed physician and surgeon, or person who has obtained a license or certificate of authorization in accordance with some other provision of law authorizing the provision of nonsurgical abortion, may provide a nonsurgical abortion.  Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2253 (Enacted 2000; Last Amended 2013).

Restrictions on Where Abortion Services May Be Provided

California prohibits the state's Building Standards Commission from adopting regulations that require construction differences between primary care clinics that do and don't provide surgical and non-surgical abortion services.  Cal. Hel. & Safe. Code § 18944.18 (Enacted 2013).

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