Planned Parenthood Runs Ads for Non-Doctors to Do Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 23, 2012   |   11:57AM   |   Washington, DC

As the battles continues in California to stop legislation that would allow non-physicians to do abortions, the nation’s largest abortion business is violating the old pro-abortion mantra that “abortion should be between a woman and her doctor” by promoting legislation to do away with a law certifying that.

As the Sacramento Bee reports:

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California has launched a new radio ad to generate support for legislation that would allow non-doctors to perform an early-term abortion procedure, as opposition from the California Nurses Association threatens to derail the bill.

The spot, which is running in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego, asks listeners to call specific legislators and ask them to “guarantee women access to the health care we need and deserve.”

While the ads, posted at this link, does not directly mention Senate Bill 1338, a press release says that is one of two bills that the ads seek to support. All three Democratic senators targeted by the campaign serve on a committee set to hear the measure in the coming weeks.

Although the California Nurses Association has supported abortion in the past, opposition from the group to the legislation could hurt its chances of getting out of committee.

But the California Nurses Association has come out in opposition to the bill in its current form, airing concerns about putting the practice and training processes into law before the UC San Francisco study is complete. CNA governmental relations director Bonnie Castillo said while her organization believes the study will find that allowing the professionals covered by the bill to perform the procedure is safe, the change in law is “premature at best.”

“It is not that we are opposed to nurse practitioners performing early first-trimester aspiration abortions. However, we do respect the fact that we need to ensure that the integrity of the study and that process be completed before determining the next appropriate steps,” she said earlier this week, adding that the association would be open to legislation that granted an extension to sites participating in the study.

The bill is now scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Senate Public Safety Committee, which must approve the measure because of penalties involved for violations of the law and, after that, the Business and Professions Committee must approve it. Both panels must okay the bill by April 27 or it fails a legislative deadline.
Ron Prentice of the California Family Council provided more information to LifeNews about the upcoming vote.

“SB 1338 would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and midwives to perform aspiration (suction) abortions in California. Never before, until now, has any state purposed to decrease the standard of care for women in order to expand the practice of abortion,” Prentice said. “In a day when a majority of Americans seek to limit the number of abortions, the leadership of the California Legislature seeks to expand access to abortion by decreasing the extent and quality of training required to perform an abortion.”

SB 1338 is authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), and both Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Speaker of the Assembly John Perez have co-author status.

Prentice says SB 1338 would change the definition of abortion to void the terms of “surgical” and “nonsurgical” abortion and he said the change is due to aspiration abortion being considered surgery; midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are not licensed or trained to perform surgical procedures.

“In the case of complications, the absence of a physician can be harmful and possibly deadly for the woman,” Prentice said. “Physicians and surgeons are unwilling to perform abortions for good reasons. Many of them find that abortion is antithetical to the practice of medicine.”

“The bill claims to serve women by providing services in close proximity. However, less serious medical procedures require the commitment of time and travel,” he continued. “The language of “choice” disguises the seriousness of the abortion decision. Abortion is a legal “choice,” but a choice that takes the life of an innocent preborn baby.”

Committee Member contact information:

Senator Curren Price
Los Angeles              Phone: (213) 745-6656                   Fax: (213) 745-6722
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4026                   Fax: (916) 445-8899

Senator Bill Emerson
Riverside                  Phone: (951) 680-6750                   Fax: (951) 680-6757
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4037                   Fax: (916) 327-2187

Senator Tony Strickland
Simi Valley               Phone: (805) 306-8886                   Fax: (805) 306-8899
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4019                   Fax: (916) 324-7544

Senator Mark Wyland
San Juan Capistrano  Phone: (949) 489-9838                   Fax: (949) 489-8354
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4038                   Fax: (916) 446-7382

Senator Ellen Corbett
San Leandro             Phone: (510) 577-2310                   Fax: (510) 577-2308
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4010                   Fax: (916) 327-2433

Senator Lou Correa
Santa Ana                Phone: (714) 558-4400                   Fax: (714) 558-4111
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4034                   Fax: (916) 323-2323

Senator Ed Hernandez
West Covina             Phone: (626) 430-2499                   Fax: (626) 430-2494
Sacramento              Phone: (916) 651-4024                   Fax: (916) 445-0485

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
Montclair                 Phone: (909) 621-2783                    Fax: (909) 621-7483
Sacramento             Phone: (916) 651-4032                    Fax: (916) 445-0128

Senator Juan Vargas
Chula Vista              Phone: (619) 409-7690                   Fax: (619) 409-7688