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California Senate OKs bill letting nurses prescribe the pill

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Birth control pills are shown in this undated file photo.

Birth control pills are shown in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

It could soon become easier to get birth control in California. The state Senate approved a bill that would allow nurses to prescribe birth control.

Lawmakers passed AB2348 on a 23-15 vote. The legislation now goes to the Assembly for a final vote.

Supporters say the bill would make it easier for women to get contraceptives at primary care clinics. It would allow registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to dispense the pill, patches and rings.

Critics say only trained physicians should prescribe medication, and that the bill would reduce medical standards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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