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San Diego legislators look to expand access to reproductive care, including abortion

The California Capitol in Sacramento is seen in this undated photograph.
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The California Capitol in Sacramento is seen in this undated photograph.

As other states continue to enact measures restricting the right to abortion, California may see an influx of women coming to the state to obtain abortions.

Two San Diego-area legislators recently introduced bills that would make abortions and other reproductive health care free and to expand who can perform abortions in the state.

SB 1375, introduced by State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would clarify two previous laws allowing qualified nurse practitioners to perform abortions without supervision by a doctor.

AB 2134, introduced by Assemblymember Akilah Weber (D-La Mesa), proposes establishing a Reproductive Health Equity Program to cover the gaps in health coverage for women in California and those who travel to California to obtain an abortion.

Both Atkins and Weber spoke with Midday Edition on Thursday about their bills.