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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New California Law Allows Non-Physician Clinicians to Perform 1st-Trimester Abortions

Calif flagThe Huffington Post: California Abortion Law Allows Non-Physician Clinicians To Perform First-Term Procedures, by Anna Almendrala:

Californians seeking an abortion have more access to care under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Wednesday.

The law authorizes nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, and certified nurse midwives to perform aspirations, a type of first-trimester abortion that involves inserting a small tube through the cervix to remove the fetus. Before the bill was passed, only doctors could perform such procedures. . . .

See also: The Los Angeles Times: New California abortion law: More dangerous than skydiving?, by Robin Abcarian:

. . . The low complication rate, of course, did not stop antiabortion groups from rallying against the bill, including some who used breathtakingly disingenuous arguments.

Last May, for instance, Steve Macias, a California Republican Party officer and executive director of the antiabortion group Cherish California’s Children, said the new law would legalize back-alley abortions. He also claimed that first-trimester abortions are more dangerous than skydiving. . . .

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