California legislature approves non-physician abortions

posted at 8:11 pm on August 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember, of course, that this is all about women’s health.  California already allows non-physicians to administer drug-induced abortions, but the state legislature has now passed a new law that clears nurses, physician assistants, and midwives to perform suction abortions in the first trimester:

Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.

The measure by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would let those medical professionals perform what are known as aspiration abortions during the first trimester. The method involves inserting a tube and using suction to terminate a pregnancy.

Opponents in the legislature wondered how lowering the standards of providers could be squared with the oft-invoked concern for womens’ health from pro-abortion activists and the backers of this bill:

“Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue that only the best-trained should conduct such an operation,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber. “It has direct and profound impact on lives: the mother and the baby — and there is a baby.”

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, said legalized abortion was supposed to end the days when women’s lives were put at risk. Yet he said Atkins’ bill would allow the procedures by providers who have less training and in clinics without sufficient backup if there are complications.

The entire effort seems very odd, especially in California.  In some states, notably conservative Mississippi, so few abortion providers exist that abortion-rights activists might well demand some kind of similar relief, and probably already have been demanding it.  That hardly seems relevant in liberal California, however.  Planned Parenthood alone has 20 locations in the Golden State, from Alhambra to Yuba City.  Access is hardly an issue in one of the most liberal states in the nation.

While the legislature is at it, why not allow midwives to do liposuction, too?  After all, a liposuction only removes fat, not a “clump of cells,” as some would have it, and that fat doesn’t get removed from an internal organ susceptible to perforation. Liposuction gets pricy for the working class, so it’s not really fair that only a doctor can suction fat out of a body.  Yet in 2011, California was identified as one of the five toughest states for regulating outpatient cosmetic surgery centers:

California. Under a law passed in January, California’s medical board keeps a list of accredited outpatient surgery settings. The board approved four accreditation agencies that inspect and accredit outpatient surgery settings, including medical offices and spas. These agencies can reject, revoke, or otherwise restrict a facility’s accreditation. If that happens, the medical board is notified and alerts the public on its website.

Lila Rose, president of the pro-life activist organization Live Action is appalled:

The pro-abortion lobby will stop at nothing to force an abortion-first mentality on women and families–violencing weak and defenseless pre-born children, and ignoring common-sense protections for women in some of their most vulnerable moments.

‘All women deserve access to health care in their local communities’…even if it kills them, or their children.  That’s the thought process behind this actual quotation from Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, regarding California’s ill-advised new law expanding abortions in the state.

In what other realm of business does this bizarre standard pass muster?  Do you let a butcher build your house because you ‘deserve access to’ a carpenter?  Do you let a nurse do your bypass surgery because you ‘deserve access to’ a cardiologist?  Nowhere else does ‘we really need it, therefore let unqualified people do it’ make sense – and the mentality doesn’t make sense here, either.  In fact, it’s downright dangerous.

In the wake of Kermit Gosnell, in whose abortion facility a woman died from an untrained staff member’s mistake, it’s unthinkable for lawmakers in California to push a law like this.  How many more times will my home state carry water for this unregulated industry which makes its money off of the vulnerable moments of women and by murdering pre-born children?

At least once more, if Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill after the Assembly resolves differences in amendments between the two chambers.

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Part of the womans body? Seriously? There is evil there is stupid and there is both. Harvard really does a bang up job of educating. The problem is it appears that people come out dumber than when they went in.

neyney on August 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Perhaps the concern is about the reluctance of religious health organizations to participate and exit of doctors from the profession under Obamacare, that the pool of willing abortionists needs to be expanded.

virgo on August 28, 2013 at 12:15 AM

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Why do you deny what science actually teaches. Denier, DEnier, DENier, DENIer, DENIEr, DENIER.

chemman on August 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM


e don’t need MORE people

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

You can always use a razor blade and eliminate at least one person from that surplus population you are talking about.

chemman on August 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

A woman can do whatever the **** she wants with HER body. That pre-born child isn’t her body. A woman that has an abortion is a murderer. Period.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I just can’t wrap my head around this obsession with recruiting killers to end the unborn. I work in the Ob/Gyn field and even the most liberal docs have no desire to actively participate in abortion procedures, even if they support it in the abstract. It is, rightly in my opinion, considered a nasty business.

inmypajamas on August 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I saw this in med school as well. Even the hard-core feminist types in my class did not want to get involved in the abortion business. The more you study the anatomy and physiology of what goes on, the more you realize that it is a separate life you are dealing with. The propaganda of “it is just a lump of cells” gets crushed by reality.

SubmarineDoc on August 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM

there’s already high unemployment…we don’t need MORE people

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Here we have an example of the Leftist mind in action – solving social problems by killing lots of people.

SubmarineDoc on August 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

there’s already high unemployment…we don’t need MORE people

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

This will make you happy:

This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated “Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America’s Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member.”

Just think what black unemployment would be if we hadn’t killed all those babies.

davidk on August 28, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Guns don’t kill people.
Abortionists kill people.

davidk on August 28, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Which body exactly do you think is getting killed in an abortion?
There Goes the Neighborhood on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

technically, part of the woman’s body
nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

With all due respect, this is exactly the intellectual product you get when you refuse to think beyond talking point memorization.

anuts on August 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Liberals are just evil beings. I could not imagine would it would be like to hate like they do.

gator70 on August 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM

The reason why California’s state government is allowing less qualified “medical” personnel to perform abortions has to be cost… certainly can’t be access or availability. Since cost is such a driving issue, why not let drycleaners perform abortions? They’ve got access to plenty of wire hangers. And if there are complications, just take a pain pill.

olesparkie on August 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

“violencing”? Really? Can we get a better grammarian for our side, please?

Anyone claiming a fetus is “part of the woman’s body” is either a liar, totally ignorant of basic biological facts, or so brain-damaged as to not be allowed out in public without a medical chaperone.

GWB on August 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

why don’t you stop patronizing women and let them decide for themselves what to do with their body. kapish?

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Harvard, huh? No wonder you couldn’t pass the Bar exam. Capisce?

and what about the 12 yr old who was raped by their dad? should they also be punished with carrying out the birth of a baby they never asked for?!!

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

You’re right. It’s MUCH better for Dad to take that poor girl to PP and blame the pregnancy on some nonexistent teenage boyfriend. So, instead of being “punished with a baby,” she can be punished with more sexual abuse! Brilliant!

there’s already high unemployment…we don’t need MORE people

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Did they teach you how to type capital letters at Harvard? I’m asking because I’m detecting a lot of bitterness in you about the employment situation. Is that because evry single other person in your L3 class passed the Bar exam and is now earning a living?

Also, do you support Hitler’s attempt to eradicate anti-Semitism by killing Jews, and would you support wiping out racism by eliminating all but one race?

Maddie on August 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

why don’t you stop patronizing women and let them decide for themselves what to do with their body. kapish?

nonpartisan on August 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Right, let them choose their own health insurance, or if they want to smoke, or to eat transfats or GMO foods, or to use what light bulbs they want, or to drive a car that might not get the best gas mileage for safety reason, or to…

Oh wait, I’m sorry, we can’t let them have ANY other choices. Just the choice to get an abortion and nothing else.

Weird that you’re pro choice for ONE and ONLY one choice.

And women can’t possibly buy their own birth control, we must pay for it for them because they’re incapable of managing that purchase. But you’re not patronizing them saying that, right?

gekkobear on August 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Poor, poor child.

Bmore on August 28, 2013 at 8:45 PM