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.
“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. https://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/24/california-no-doctors-license-needed-to-do-abortions-now/
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.
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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