California: No Doctor’s License Needed to Do Abortions Now

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2012   |   10:46AM   |   Sacramento, CA

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes it so nurses in California can do abortions, even though they do not have a valid medical license certifying them as a physician.

Brown, a Democrat, visited a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to sign another bill related to birth control and he also signed the abortion measure into law.

“At a time when some seek to turn back the clock and restrict women’s health choices, California is expanding access to birth control and reaffirming every woman’s basic Constitutional rights,” Brown said.

Senate Bill 623, by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, was supported by Planned Parenthood and opposed by pro-life groups. Introduced by Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), it extends a program run by the University of California, San Francisco, in which nurse practitioners, midwives and physicians assistants are trained to perform abortions.

The last days of the California legislative session saw abortion backers fight to expand abortion, while ignoring the severe economic crisis California continues to face. Lawmakers took an unrelated book and inserted language in it from a failed measure to allow nurses to do abortions.

Kehoe claimed that the bill was necessary to fill gaps in the availability of abortion caused by the shortage of doctors in parts of the state. The bill went through three attempts before passage. Ms. Kehoe “gutted and amended” the bill after its introduction, which raised some protest from other members of the Senate. This spring, a Senate committee rejected an attempt to pass a broader bill allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. In the end, a narrower version of the bill was passed. Rather than opening abortion to non-physicians generally, the bill focuses on extending a U.C. San Francisco program training physicians assistants and others to perform first trimester abortions.

The California Pro-Life Council sent a legislative alert asking for pro-life residents of the state to contact the governor to urge him to veto it.

“Senate Bill 623 would extend a University of California Regents sponsored “pilot” program that trains non-doctors to perform abortions,” CPLC says. “Since it’s inception 41 nurse-midwives, nurse-practitioners and physician assistants have been trained to kill unborn children. The purpose of this training, funding by abortion businesses and sympathizers is designed to expand the pool people will to perform abortions. Already abortions can result in serious injury and death to mothers and of course almost always the unborn child.”

“The materials presented in this training teach these newbies to the abortion industry how to validate the “moral” decision to kill unborn children,” CPLC added.

Lori Arnold of the California Family Council, also talked about the problems with the legislation.

“SB 623 (Kehoe, D-San Diego) authorizes the extension of an ongoing pilot program allowing non-physicians such as licensed physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to perform surgical abortions,” she explained. “Under the bill, the pilot program would be extended through Jan. 1, 2014 to “among other specified reasons, provide the sponsors of the project an opportunity to achieve publication of the data collected during the project in a peer-reviewed journal.”



Concerned California residents can contact the governor to complain about him signing the bill:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160