State's abortion expansion just the beginning?

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A pro-life group isn't surprised that California officials have used the anniversary of a landmark case to introduce a bill expanding abortion, and there is concern that the effort might spread to other states.


On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, California lawmakers revived AB 154 -- a bill that would expand abortion in the state by allowing nurses, midwives, and medical professionals to perform abortions. According to abortion activists, the measure would move the state forward, as 52 percent of California counties do not have abortion-providers.

But Dana Cody, president and executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), says it would actually do the opposite.

"It doesn't surprise me that this was introduced on the anniversary of Roe, saying that we won't go back. What they're actually doing is they are going back, because their mantra has always been we want safe, legal abortion," Cody points out.

"If you read Roe carefully, it says repeatedly, 'Women and their physicians … Women and their physicians' over and over again. So what they're doing here now is they're eliminating the physician and they're putting women at risk."

Governor Jerry Brown (D) has already signed SB 623 into law, allowing non-physicians trained under a pilot project to perform aspiration, or non-surgical, abortions. AB 154 would expand that law.

And the pro-lifer warns that similar measures may soon be introduced in other states and even become part of the ObamCare mandate.

AB 154 is a push to resurrect last year's effort to give non-physicians the clearance to perform abortions, while SB 623 only gives certain non-physicians the ability to conduct aspiration abortions. But the LLDF president believes AB 154 is just the beginning.

"Abortion is not like pulling a tooth -- it's a very serious surgery," Cody asserts. "I think that this is irresponsible, it's predictable, and I think what we'll see is what we have seen already. As the old adage says: 'As California goes, so goes the nation.' This will become part of the Health and Human Services mandate related to ObamaCare," she continues. "It will be introduced in other states, and it is just an absolute waste."

AB 154 is authored by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D). The California Nurses Association opposed similar legislation last year and cited training concerns.

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