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Pro-Life Nurses Oppose California bill to allow more non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions

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Editor’s note: NRL News Today has published numerous articles concerning the efforts of pro-abortionists in California to expand the range of non-physician personnel who would be permitted to perform first trimester abortions by aspiration and medication.

The initiative was (as might have been anticipated) promoted by a five-year research project initiated in 2007 under the direction of Tracy Weitz, a pro-abortion associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study. USCF researchers concluded that nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants can perform abortions as safely as physicians.

The following letter was sent by the National Association of Pro-life Nurses. The acronyms “NP” (Nurse Practitioner), “CNM” (Certified Nurse-Midwife) and “PA” (Physician Assistant) are used in the text.

Dear Rep Pan,

I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to address California’s AB154, a bill that would permit NPs, CNMs and PAs to perform first trimester abortions by aspiration and medication.

This bill is offensive to us as an organisation committed to the health and safety of the clientele served by nurses. Nurses are not trained or licensed to perform invasive procedures that can be harmful to women because of the host of serious and sometimes fatal complications that can arise from such procedures. It is imperative that these procedures be performed only by trained physicians, who are equipped to address any potential emergency situations that may arise. The creation of exceptions to expand the practice of abortion in order to provide better access to rural areas is a strategy that could ultimately lead to the expansion of these procedures to clinics throughout the state.

Moreover, the areas cited as requiring this expansion are also likely to lack access to medical facilities capable of handling the inevitable emergencies that would arise from the performance of such procedures. The most common complication of surgical aspiration abortion is perforation, which can result in serious consequences requiring immediate surgical intervention.

The administration of RU486 is infamous for its propensity to induce haemorrhage in the woman, necessitating emergency transfusion and D&C. It is imperative that these procedures only be conducted in locations where emergency services are readily available. The procedure of abortion is not an emergency in nature and those who seek it are not disadvantaged by travelling to a place where it can be done more safely with access to emergency services should they become necessary. It is in the best interest of the women of California to ensure their safety, and the state should prioritize this safety for its female citizens.

In light of the current scrutiny of numerous abortion facilities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama and Delaware, and elsewhere, which have been identified as unsafe environments for women seeking abortions, it is perplexing that California is pursuing a similar designation by allowing individuals lacking the requisite training to perform these procedures. It is evident that further training of those individuals included in this bill cannot substitute for the years of training that a physician must undergo in order to gain the requisite knowledge of other areas of anatomy and physiology that are essential for the safe treatment of patients, particularly when the age of the patient is as young as 12 years old.

I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to represent our California members, as well as nurses across the country, who are rightly concerned for the health and safety of their clients, regardless of the circumstances.



Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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