Gov. Jan Brewer has signed another anti-abortion bill passed by the Arizona Legislature.
The bill signed by the governor Monday changes state law to state that the state Board of Nursing has no authority to say whether allowed medical duties for nurse-practitioners include performing surgical abortions.
The legislation is an outgrowth of a Board of Nursing decision in 2008 that nurse-practitioners can perform first-trimester surgical abortions and a 2009 state law prohibiting non-physicians from performing surgical abortions.
That law has been put on hold by a judge while it is being challenged in court.
Brewer this year has signed several other anti-abortion bills. Those include ones to ban abortions for gender or race selection and to apply state clinic regulations to facilities where only medical abortions are performed.