Saturday, May 5, 2012

Access to Early Abortions

It's been only 5-6 weeks since your last period, and you discover you're pregnant.

If you know you can't complete this pregnancy, and don't live in a large metropolitan area, it may take a lot of planning, travel, and expense to get the abortion you need.

Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) introduced a bill in the California Senate that would allow specially trained nurses, midwives, and physician assistants to perform abortions, thus increasing the number of qualified providers and locations where this procedure can be done.

Kehoe withdrew the bill, however, because it didn't have the votes to get through the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee.

"The bill had the backing of the leaders of both houses of the Legislature and of Planned Parenthood but was opposed by an influential nurses union and by foes of abortion rights," reports Nicholas Riccardi of the Los Angeles Times.

Riccardi notes that the bill may not be dead, however, because "Bills are often revived and approved late in the legislative session."

I wonder why the nurses objected to the bill. 

Let's send emails and do what we can to support this bill.  To give nurses, midwives, and P.A.s the right to perform abortions is to give women greater control over women's reproductive choices.,0,7073154.story?track=rss

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