California considering non-physician abortions
September 16, 2013
Women who want abortions in California may soon not need the assistance of a doctor. [Townhall]
Nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants will join in the act of performing abortions if Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 154.
The bill, which passed the legislature last week, would allow nurses, midwives and physician assistants to perform both medical abortions and suction aspirations on women. A suction aspiration consists of inserting a vacuum into a woman’s cervix and removing the contents of the uterus.
Currently, state law only allows licensed physicians and surgeons to perform abortions.
The California Medical Association has endorsed the bill.
Abortion opponents have said the bill shows that the state of California views humans in less regard than animals. State law only allows veterinary surgeons to perform abortions on animals.