While most other states are tightening their abortion laws, California is in the process of allowing non-physicians to perform abortions:
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives us the details:
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.
Go here to read the rest. Toni Atkins, the sponsor of the bill, and majority leader of the assembly, ran an abortion clinic in San Diego. Remember the old pro-abort mantra: safe, legal and rare? Rare was always a bad joke. Safe has always been a lie for the child being aborted and as the Gosnell slaughter house revealed, it is often a bad joke as well for the mothers. This law allows minimally trained medical personnel to perform abortions and thus increase the profit margin for abortion mills at the expense of the safety of the women undergoing the abortions. In the eyes of pro-aborts, abortion has become an end in itself. Anything that increases the number of abortions is good, and anything that decreases the number of abortions is bad. Like all death cults, the abortion cult has become all about death and blood, the benefits to be derived from the blood sacrifice becoming secondary to the act itself. Jesuit trained Jerry Brown signed similar legislation last year, and I have no doubt he will do so again. California is a state completely dominated by the Democrat Party, whose central principle today is the right of mothers to slay their offspring and this legislation is their equivalent of a religious sacrament.