A new law that has already been passed in California is guaranteed to make it the abortion capital of America. The measure, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last month, would repeal every pro-life law on the books in California.
Most pro-life advocates were concerned about a bill that would open California to abortions done by nurses and other non-physicians. Governor Brown signed that bill, but another one, AB 980, received his signature as well. According to a new report in the California Catholic newspaper, AB 980 will repeal each pro-life law next year, including informed consent — which provides women information about the risks associated with abortions before getting one.
While many states are tightening regulations and oversight of abortion clinics after the revelations of the “house of horrors” conditions in Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in Philadelphia, a Planned Parenthood-promoted bill, AB 980, by Sacramento Assemblyman Richard Pan, a pediatrician, will require the California Department of Public Health to repeal all abortion service regulations in California “not later than July 1, 2014″.
This repeal of all abortion regulations will apply even to abortions performed by non-physicians on girls as young as 12 years old, and without notification of a parent.
Catherine Short, legal director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, stated that she was shocked when she realized that AB 980 repealed all of California’s abortion informed consent requirements before an abortion could be performed.
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The key sentence in AB 980 states: Section 18944.18 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
(b) The State Department of Public Health shall, no later than July 1, 2014, repeal the regulations relating to abortion services in primary care clinics contained in Article 5 (commencing with Section 75040) of Chapter 7 of Division 5 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.”