Non-physicians can perform abortions in California

Non-physicians can perform abortions in California

POSTED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:51am

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 10:28am

In California, some nurses and physicians' assistants can perform abortions

As more states pass measures tightening abortion laws, California is making abortions more accessible.

Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants who complete specified training are now able to perform abortions in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law Wednesday.

"Governor Brown is making a commitment to Californians to continue working to make abortion services a human right and not a privilege in our state and is also sending a strong message to the rest of the country that attacks on women's health and rights stop in California," Laura Jimenez, executive director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, said in a statement.

"We are proud that California is the only state in the nation right now that is passing proactive legislation to improve access to abortion and we hope that this law can further efforts to expand access to women throughout the country."

California Assembly member Toni Atkins, who authored the bill, said the new law reduces obstacles for California women seeking abortions.

"Increasing the number of trained healthcare providers who can perform abortions on a timely basis without requiring significant travel will improve the lives of women and their families in many ways," Atkins said.

But critics, including Republicans in the California Assembly, decried the new law.

"There's no question performing an abortion can produce a host of complications for women, hemorrhaging, uterine perforation and damage to pelvic organs," Assembly member Kristin Olsen said in a statement. "No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, all of us should be concerned about the practical effects of allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure."

The Most Rev. Gerald Wilkerson, president of the California Catholic Conference, said even though California makes up 12% of the nation's population, it's also where 29% of abortions take place.

"The often repeated mantra of those supporting abortions rights is that abortions ought to be safe, legal and rare," Wilkerson said. "With this change in California's law, abortions are merely legal -- no longer safe and rare."

Brown also signed six other health-related bills Wednesday, including one that repeals parts of the California Building Standards Code that treat primary clinics differently depending on whether the clinics provide abortion services.

Against the grain

California's decision bucks a trend of stiffer abortion laws across the country.

Texas passed a new law this year that bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation; requires abortion clinics to upgrade facilities to become ambulatory surgical centers; tightens usage guidelines for the RU486, the so-called "abortion pill"; and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit last month seeking to overturn parts of the new Texas law -- specifically, the parts about doctors needing hospital admitting privileges, usage controls on RU486 and the upgrades to clinics.

In July, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law requiring all abortion clinics be held to the same standards as outpatient surgical centers.

Also in July, a North Carolina judge delayed the implementation of a new state law that threatened to shut down the state's only abortion clinic by requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The North Dakota law also requires those physicians to have "staff privileges to replace hospital on-staff physicians at that hospital."

CNN's Joe Sutton, Greg Morrison and Nadia Kounang contributed to this report.

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Why would todd staples vote for illegals to receive a Tx. DL & in-state tuition rates but refuse equal pay for women?

Why would greg abbott use tax $ to defend staples who is discriminating against three women in his office? The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Texas Department of Agriculture.

It was going on before Roe v Wade and will be happening again in Texas soon the way the Repubs are trying to deny women legal medical procedures under the Constitution by docters in Tx unless they go to a clinic operated by the governors sister. Why do republicans / T-partiers hate women so much? Here is a story to prove it but was never looked into by this news outlet."Staples' Agriculture Department Facing Federal Suit" by Hollie O'Connor July 11, 2012

Talk about backroom coat hanger abortions. The liberals have made it a legal reality.

And California has sunk so low it's pathetic.

The release thousand of hardened criminals, dope on the streets, hid illegal aliens in the cities, give UNIONS super pensions, and then they wonder why they are broke and crime ridden.

is that in the ACA or in ObamaCare deaf....LMAO

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