Calif bill would let nurses prescribe the pill

(Mercury News) California women would no longer have to make an appointment with a doctor to get birth control pills under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

Lawmakers on Thursday approved AB2348, which would allow registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to give out and administer hormonal contraceptives at primary care clinics.

Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles said she wrote the bill to give women better access to birth control.

Republican lawmakers said only doctors have the expertise to prescribe these medications, and questioned the standard of care that nurses could provide.

Mitchell said the alternative for many woman was no care at all, and “no care is the lowest standard of care.”

The bill passed 41-26 on a party line vote and moves to the Senate.