Health

State abortion bill picks up speed

SAN DIEGO— A bill proposed by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins that would make it easier to get early term abortions in California is gaining momentum.

On Tuesday, the State Assembly approved AB 154, a bill that would allow nurse practitioners, certified midwives and physicians assistants to perform aspiration abortions after proper training.

CA abortion bill picks up speedPlanned Parenthood co-sponsored the legislation and estimates one in three women will terminate a pregnancy by age 45.

“Fifty-two percent of counties in California do not have an accessible abortion provider. That means a great number of women have the right to choose, but they can’t access that right,” Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest Director of Communications Jennifer Coburn said.

For example, there aren’t any abortion providers in Imperial County. Women have to travel to San Diego County to get the procedure, which can be difficult.

“Women need quality healthcare in their own communities and without excessive wait times,” Atkins said in a statement. “This is particularly true with abortion services, which are cheaper and less complicated earlier in a pregnancy.”

Chris Clark with the East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church is worried about the bill.

“It’s going to increase the number of babies that are going to loose their lives,” Clark said. “It’s going to increase the number of women who are going to be facing medical complications from an increase in abortions.”

The bill goes beyond his moral opposition of abortion, Clark said he’s concerned for patient safety.

“There is a reason laws restrict certain medical practices,” Clark said. “If you’re going to allow it to occur, are you just going to allow anybody else that doesn’t have a medical degree to go in and do that? It makes no sense.”

However, supporters of the measure argue this measure will insure women access to healthcare that is within their rights.

“Opponents of this bill are not simply opponents. This particular bill, they’re opponents of the right to choose,” Coburn said. “Why do we provide women with the right to terminate a pregnancy? That decision was already made in 1973 with Roe v Wade decision. What we’re doing now is saying is women already have the right, access is a problem, lets solve that problem.”

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9 Comments to “State abortion bill picks up speed”

    Guest (Female) said:
    May 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    This is morally horrible on so many incalculable levels!!! Nazi Germany legalized abortion and later legalized euthanasia for elderly people. Life begins at conception. Abortions that have been filmed show the fetus recoiling from the murderous D&C tools. A recent doctor, Kermit Gosnell, killed babies born alive in late term abortions by snipping their spinal cords in Philadelphia. One such baby whimpered before being killed. Oh my God when will this rhetoric of "women's rights to their bodies" stop when it means that unborn baby girls (and baby boys) have to die? God will punish America for this atrocity. We need more prolife clinics modeled after the Planned Parenthood model like the one in Orange County, California.

    Guest (Female) said:
    May 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    For help with an unplanned pregnancy, see this link (copy link into the browser if need be) http://sanantoniochurch.org/pdfs/ministries/2010P… Several (or all) of these prolife clinics offer financial support for any pregnant moms who need help with an unplanned pregnancy. Choose life. The memories of providing life are countlessly better the memories of aborting.

    Guest (Female) said:
    May 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    For after-abortion healing and hope for both women and men see http://www.rachelshope.org/ Serving southern California including the Imperial Valley.

    james228 said:
    May 30, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    I agree to abortion to some extent but not to general point… i don't intend to offend or be in conflict with anybody, I respect every woman's right to choose and i highly admire an empowered woman.

    dmetalman said:
    May 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Oh yes… let's hear it for the baby killers who care to believe it's their right to be irresponsibe and then can not be inconvenienced enough to care for another life. And because our laws allow it , these same murders think 'Thou shall not kill" does't apply to them. I look at these discarded babies as innocent victims of a slaughter, however I condemn our legal system in not enforcing the death penalty for crimes that warrant it..those violators knew what the consequences would be before committing them.Not 100% prolife but close enough for my concern

    John said:
    May 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Abortion is always the wrong choice. Here's 10 reasons that prove it. http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incor

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