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
"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
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.