California law prohibits a person from performing or assisting in an abortion if the person lacks a valid license to practice as a physician and surgeon. Violation of this law is punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment, or both. Working its way through the California Legislature is Senate Bill 1338, which would change California law. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing this week.
The bill would allow non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions. If the bill becomes law, midwives and nurse practitioners can add the title of abortionist to their business cards.
Abortions, even when performed by physicians, are not as safe as pro-abortion types want us to believe. Physical problems from abortion "range from hemorrhage and infection to sterility and even death."
One only has to look at the news to find stories about women being harmed by abortion. For example, last month in Virginia a woman, suffering from heavy bleeding after an abortion, was rushed by ambulance from the abortion clinic to a hospital. The clinic that performed the botched procedure has a history of committing abortion injuries on its patients.
The California bill is supported by pro-abortion groups, such as Planned Parenthood, which also claim to be pro-woman. What is ironic is that these same groups-in the name of protecting women's health-would probably oppose a bill that would allow dental hygienists to perform root canals. But, then again, in that situation, there would be no financial profit in it for them.
5.17.2012 Update: California State Senator Christine Kehoe, the main author/sponsor of the bill (SB 1338), has withdrawn it from consideration because she lacked sufficient votes to pass the controversial bill into law. This is a victory, as public opposition to the bill obviously caused politicians, both Democrat and Republican, to not support the bill. We will monitor the matter in case the bill is re-submitted for consideration.