California To Get First Female And First LGBT Senate LeaderSan Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
San Diego's Atkins To Be Next Assembly Speaker Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat, announced Wednesday that Atkins was selected by the 55-member Democratic caucus.
Bill Would Let Non-Physicians Perform AbortionsNurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.
Calif. Bill Would Expand Who Can Perform Abortions Women could go to a medical professional other than a doctor to end some pregnancies under a bill advancing through the state Legislature.

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