Antiabortion advocates criticized legislation given final approval Friday that would allow nurse practitioners to perform some types of abortions.
"We're lowering the bar on women's health," said Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. "Women's health should not be equated with access to abortion."
Ann Scheidler, a coordinator at the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, also criticized the bill.
"It's never a good idea to expand access to killing a child," she said.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California would join four other states with similar laws -- Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont.
Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, says the bill would help women who face long waits for appointments at busy clinics or have to travel far to find doctors to perform abortions.
"There are too many women who are unable to access early abortions."
"This is a step forward for women's health in California, especially at a time when other states are doing the exact opposite."