California Bill Returns to Allow Non-Doctors to Do Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2013   |   5:37PM   |   Sacramento, CA

The details haven’t been fully worked out in this new legislation, but it appears California lawmakers will again push to try to allow non-physicians to do abortions in the Golden State.

The pro-life movement for decades has said that abortion is supposedly between a woman and her doctor. Now, abortion could be between a woman and her nurse or other medical worker who doesn’t have the training to perform a surgical abortion procedure that even licensed physicians often botch, leaving women dead or injured.

Lori Arnold, a legislative analyst for the California Family Council, provides LifeNews the details.

“On a day when pro-life Americans marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with vigils and rallies in remembrance of the 55 million preborn children who have been killed through legalized abortion, California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) marked the occasion by reviving an effort to broaden access across the Golden State,” she explained.

Arnold continued:  “Atkins introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 154 on Jan. 22, calling the measure Healing Arts: Reproductive Health Care. Known as a “spot” bill, the actual language of the proposal has not been released, though the early language indicated that it would “expand access to reproductive health care in California by allowing qualified health care professionals to perform early abortions.”

“The proposal sounds eerily similar to Senate Bill (SB) 1338, which was introduced last year by former Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego). Kehoe’s bill sought to make permanent a pilot program allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to perform surgical abortions. Kehoe yanked her bill in committee after two Democrats, faced with tremendous pressure from their constituents, voted against the measure,” she said. “Later in the year, Kehoe used a legislative maneuver known as a “gut and amend” to introduce SB 623, legislation extending the pilot program through 2014.”



“A year later, the proposal to widen access to abortion is still wrong. Under the guise of “healing arts,” Atkins tries to wrap abortion in pretty paper with a pretty bow. It is the same flimsy disguise used when referring to abortion as “reproductive rights” or “pro-choice.” The stark reality is that, wrapped or unwrapped, the truth remains that abortion kills human life, not tissue,” Arnold says. “That’s not all the bill would threaten. Under Atkins’ anticipated proposal, abortions will end a life, and also further endanger the lives of women and girls by letting lesser-skilled health workers perform the abortions.”

She concludes: “Since the actual bill has not been released, it’s too early to issue talking points, but you can be sure we are monitoring this one. Stay tuned.”