SB 1338 Reconsideration Hearing Monday, May 7
by William B. May
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2012 -- Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), backed by the power of state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is attempting a sneaky amendment to revive SB 1338, a bill to permit non-doctors to perform first trimester vacuum aspiration surgical abortions. The passage of the bill was blocked in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on a 4-4 vote last week that stunned the abortion lobby. Two Democrats voted against it.
Call Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee Members
Four Heroes who voted “No” on SB 1338 last week
The four who voted against women’s health (“Yes”)
The original bill would have permitted the certification of nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and certified nurse midwives to perform abortions. The amended bill would permit any nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, and certified nurse midwife who has been trained in an experimental program by the University of California San Francisco as of January of 2013 to legally perform unsupervised abortions. Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno), a board-certified physician and surgeon, has indicated that the results of the UC program are suspect as they show non-doctors performing better then doctors. The experimental program has not even been peer reviewed.
It is certain, that after the first group of non-physician abortion providers is legalized and the precedent is established, the sponsors will be back next year with their original bill. It is critical that the Senators that opposed this bill last week not be tempted to see this as a compromise. Please call the committee members today! A list of the members, votes, and contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Abortion is wrong and must be stopped, but it is particularly shocking that the same people who are so concerned about “healthcare” for women are willing to sacrifice the quality of care to push their agenda. However, follow the money. Having less qualified, less trained, and lower paid people take over the work of doctors will no doubt increase the profitability of the abortion industry.
It is outrageous that UCSF has been conducting this experimental program and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has the authority to suspend laws put in place to protect women’s health to permit it. It is critical to not let Planned Parenthood use this mechanism as a backdoor way to downgrade the quality of care for the poor women who in a moment of desperation can be lured or pressured into a decision that they will regret for the rest of their lives.
Please call the committee members today.
Please pray for those members, particularly Democrats, who are coming under increasing pressure by the Senate leadership and Planned Parenthood to change their votes. One, Senator Juan Vargas, has even had his office picketed by Planned Parenthood.
Call them today. They need to hear from you. Tell them how much you respect their courage and that you are with them.