Life Legal Defense Foundation Says Bill Morphed from Boat Paint to Humans
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The California Senate voted last week to pass a bill allowing
non-physicians to perform aspiration abortions. Senate Bill 623, introduced by
Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), extends a program run by the University of
California, San Francisco, in which nurse practitioners, midwives and physicians
assistants are trained to perform abortions.
"This bill was originally created to regulate boat paint," said Dana Cody,
Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. "Now it's regulating
and destroying human lives."
Ms. Kehoe claimed that the bill was necessary to fill gaps in the availability
of abortion caused by the shortage of doctors in parts of the state. The bill
went through three attempts before passage. Ms. Kehoe "gutted and amended" the
bill after its introduction, which raised some protest from other members of the
Senate. This spring, a Senate committee
rejected an attempt to pass a broader bill allowing non-physicians to
perform abortions. In the end, a narrower version of the bill was passed. Rather
than opening abortion to non-physicians generally, the bill focuses on extending
a U.C. San Francisco program training physicians assistants and others to
perform first trimester abortions.
For months, the Life Legal Defense Foundation has been tracking down information
on the U.C. San Francisco program. Earlier this year, they filed a
Writ of Mandate to compel disclosure with a public records request for
complete information. "There have been numerous attempts to resist records
requests, leaving us wondering what they have to hide," said Katie Short, Legal
Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. "It is important for Californians
to find out what is being done in this training program -- who are the
abortionists conducting the training? How many women are being injured by these
The Life Legal Defense Foundation also created a
fact sheet about non-physician abortions.