What speciality of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are allowed to perform Abortions?

  1. Hi! I was simply curious about this, as I know certain nurses can perform abortions (not just OB-GYNs). I'm not looking to start an abortion-related debate or anything here.

    But what kind of education does a person need to become a nurse capable of performing abortions?
    Is it a Neonatal NP, an Acute NP, or can a Family NP do it?

    Also, could an NP open their own abortion clinic if they chose to?

    Forgive me for any ignorance with this question!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   loriangel14
    NPs can not perform abortions.
  4. by   delrepublica1776
    Quote from loriangel14
    NPs can not perform abortions.
    Really? I thought NPs performed them legally in Arizona, for instance.
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
  6. by   misschiatia
    I actually have no idea, but Kudos for asking a thought provoking and relevant question!
  7. by   delrepublica1776
    According to this link:
    National Abortion Federation: Clinicians for Choice: Resource Center

    NPs can legally perform abortions in Montana, Vermont, Rhode Island, California, and New Hampshire. Apparently, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon, New Jersey, and Washington State have issued opinions saying NPs can do abortions, too.

    But it still doesn't explain *which* NPs are qualified to do them, though.
  8. by   guiltysins
    It's possible that all NP's might be able to do it, but I think a Women's Health NP would be the best fit for it.
  9. by   delrepublica1776
    Interesting : )
    I know Sally Tisdale (who wrote that famous article "We Do Abortions Here" in Harper's Magazine) is a BSN nurse. I don't know if she had her independent clinic, though.
  10. by   Dixiecup
    Not really any help with your question but as a side note; one of my instructors in my NP program was a devout catholic.

    She made it well known she was anit-abortion, which is perfectly fine for her opinion. But she told us in class that we should not even direct a pt to a phone number where she could get information. She stated "They can find their own information and phone numbers, we don't need to be helping these women."

    I thought we were there to help our pts with referrals and options. I didn't question this as I didn't want to open up a can of worms but I thought it was inappropriate of her to say this in class.
  11. by   mammac5
    I don't have an answer, but I do know there is a program at Univ of Cal San Francisco where advanced practice nurses are being trained to perform first-trimester abortions; a study is going on there to determine whether they can be performed as safely by NPs as by MDs. I'm sure you can get more information by contacting someone there who is working with the study.
  12. by   delrepublica1776
    Quote from mammac5
    I don't have an answer, but I do know there is a program at Univ of Cal San Francisco where advanced practice nurses are being trained to perform first-trimester abortions; a study is going on there to determine whether they can be performed as safely by NPs as by MDs. I'm sure you can get more information by contacting someone there who is working with the study.
    Very interesting! I looked into their MEPN program, and I didn't meet their cutoff GPA lol. Also, I've heard California schools are extremely costly and very competitive for admission, anyway, so I don't think I'd travel to the West Coast :/
  13. by   mz_marit
    sorry, a little late here. In california students at UCSF don't get trained, but after you become an NP you can be trained to perform first trimester abortion, which is why i'm becoming an NP. presently the california state legislature is going to hear arguments regarding whether or not to make law California Abortion Bill SB 1501 Would Allow Procedure To Be Performed By Nurses & Midwives

    i want to open my own clinic someday - please message me privately, i'd love to talk with you about your plans! i think any NP can be trained to do abortion care, as well as CNM's and physicians assistants.
  14. by   lil_owl
    This is something that interests me also. Do any of you know if there have been any changes about who can perform them and where?

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