While many states, like Virginia, have toughened requirements for abortion clinics, a bill being sent to the desk of California governor Jerry Brown may apllow nurse practitioners and other non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions. Brown is expected to sign the measure.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) sponsored the measure. She said that the intent is to expand access to abortion in rural areas.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) countered "Regardless of where you stand in the abortion debate, all of us should be concerned about hte practical effects of allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure."
Lila Rose, president of Live Action said, “The pro-abortion lobby will stop at nothing to force an abortion-first mentality on women and families — committing violence against weak and defenseless preborn children, and ignoring commonsense protections for women in some of their most vulnerable moments.” [The Washington Times]
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference said, "It's no secret that the Catholic Church opposes abortion, but this bill is particularly cynical. In the name of solving a non-existent problem - access to abortion - this bill would endanger women's health and reduce the quality of health care." [LifeNews.com]
California Right to Live noted that "California has the most abortions in the nation and the highest rate per capita." [LifeNews.com]
Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont have laws similar to the California proposal.