California to Vote on Bill Allowing Midwives to Do Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2013   |   1:41PM   |   Sacramento, CA

California lawmakers will vote tomorrow on legislation that would allow nurses and midwives to perform abortions.

This bill will be voted on by the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection and it comes after the state took a first step next year and putting women’s health at risk by allowing non-doctors to perform surgical abortions even though women have been killed and injured in abortions even when performed by licensed physicians.

The Capitol Resource Institute, a pro-family group, is urging pro-life Californians to ask legislators to vote against the bill.

“AB 154 is not safe for women’s health.  This law would put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions,” it says

Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown 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.

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 extended 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 new measure, AB 154, seeks to expand that effort.



ACTION: Contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 154.

Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection

Richard Gordon (Chair)           916-319-2024                916-319-2124 fax

Brian Jones (Vice-Chair)         916-319-2071                916-319-2171 fax

Raul Bocanegra                      916-319-2039                 916-319-2139 fax

Nora Campos                          916-319-2027                916-319-2127 fax

Roger Dickinson                     916-319- 2007                 916-319-2107 fax

Susan Eggman                        916-319-2013                  916-319-2113 fax

Curt Hagman                          916-319-2055                 916-319-2155 fax

Chris Holden                          916-319-2041                  916-319-2141 fax

Brian Maienschein                  916-319-2077                   916-319-2177 fax

Kevin Mullin                           916-319-2022                  916-319-2122 fax

Nancy Skinner                        916-319-2015                   916-319-2115 fax

Phillip Ting                            916-319-2019                   916-319-2119 fax

Scott Wilk                               916-319-2038                 916-319-2138 fax