California May Allow Non-Physicians to Perform Abortions

| by Michael Allen

The California State Senate recently approved a bill, AB154, that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester.

This type of abortion includes inserting a tube and using a suction machine.

The State Senate approved the bill by a 25-11 vote, but it goes back to the California Assembly for a final vote, notes the Associated Press.

According to State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), the bill would make abortions available in areas of California that don't have enough doctors.

“All women deserve access to care in their local communities,” said Jackson.

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

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Jackson claims the bill requires nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to get specialized training, but abortion can turn into a life or death situation.

Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire currently allow nurse practitioners to perform this type of abortion.

Source: Associated Press