In light of the recent, shocking revelations about abortion clinic horrors, including all kinds of health code violations, it would only be logical to think that state governments would be reading the riot act to these clinics, telling them if they want to stay open, they had better comply with the law. Apparently, that kind of thinking doesn’t prevail in California, which is now poised to a pass a bill allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.
As reported by Christine Rousselle, according to bill AB154, which has passed both legislative houses and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, “a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant would be allowed to do a suction aspiration or medical abortion on a woman” during the first trimester. What kind of madness is this? (For a picture of a baby’s development at 12 weeks, see here.)
As Rousselle notes, “In California, if an animal needs an abortion, the procedure must be carried out by a licensed veterinary surgeon. It appears now that the State of California views humans as deserving a lower standard of care than a housecat.”
But that, of course, would be in keeping with the upside-down mentality that makes it a crime to disturb the nest of certain endangered birds – recognizing that the eggs contain a potential baby bird – but which celebrates a woman’s right to abort the baby in her womb.
As to the madness of allowing non-physicians or non-surgeons to perform abortions, whatever happened to the old Bill Clinton adage that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare”? The new California bill can only have one potential result, namely, to make abortion, which is already legal in California, less safe and less rare.
As stated explicitly in the bill, “With the provisions for training in the bill and the amendments that clarify physician supervision, AB 154 addresses patient safety while expanding access for these services.”
Note those words carefully: “while expanding access for these services,” which really says it all. (For the record, Joel Pollack reports that “the training [required by the bill] is to be provided by the Board of Registered Nursing, not by physicians, and the protocols for defining ‘supervision’ have not been specified. There is nothing in the legislation requiring a physician to be present or on-site during an abortion.”)
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.