LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Opponents of two new California laws that greatly expand abortion access are working to gather signatures for referendums that could overturn them.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the effort is aimed at repealing Assembly Bills 154 and 980 before a state deadline early next year.

One proposed referendum challenges AB 154, which allows nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians assistants with special training to perform abortion by aspiration. The other referendum challenges AB 980, which repealed parts of the California Building Standards Code that treat primary care clinics differently if abortions are performed there.

Opponents say under these laws, abortions will no longer be safe and rare.

San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who authored AB 154, said the new laws will ensure women seeking to abort will will no longer have to drive great distances to find a doctor to perform the procedure.

Valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters — 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election — must be submitted by Jan. 7 to qualify each referendum for the November 2014 ballot.

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