CA Voters Oppose Non-Physicians Doing Abortions

Governor Signs AB 154 and AB980
Compromises Women's Health

 

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AB 154 & 980 signed

SACRAMENTO, October 9, 2013 – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed both AB 154 and AB 980 into law. Both bills support Planned Parenhoods business plan at the expense of women's health. California voters opposed AB 154 (Atkins) by greater than 2-1 margin.

AB 154 reduced medical standards that currently require surgical abortions to be performed by a physician and would instead allow first trimester abortions to be performed by physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. 

AB 980 downgrades standards for abortion clinics and the requirements for treating complications. Instead of requiring abortions to be performed in facilities that meet surgical standards, if signed into law, they can be performed in primary care examination rooms. There will no longer be requirements for life saving equipment in the case of complications that are required in surgical facilities.  

Both bills are sponsored by Planned Parenthood and are seemingly geared to increase profitability of abortions at the expense of women's health.

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Governor Brown signed both AB 154 and AB 980.

Governor Jerry Brown
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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“It’s no secret that the Catholic Church opposes abortion, but this bill is particularly cynical,” said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference.  “In the name of solving a non-existent problem—access to abortion—this bill would endanger women’s health and reduce the quality of health care.”

“It’s clear,” said Dolejsi, “that the overwhelming majority of Californians share our concerns.”

In a recent poll of California voters, across all demographics—men, women, African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Democrats, Republican, Independents—by a 65-29 margin, the idea of allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to conduct abortions is rejected.  By an even greater margin, 76-18, voters reject the notion of also giving nurse midwives the ability to provide abortions.

The poll, which surveyed 600 registered voters in April 2013, was conducted by Smith-Johnson Research of Sacramento with a sampling error of +/- 4% (full survey below).

As to why voters reject the change in the law, the survey puts the answer squarely on public concerns over safety.  By a 66-15 margin, voters believe replacing doctors with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives will make abortions less safe and put women’s health at risk.

CA Voters Oppose AB 154
Voters oppose AB154
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Statewide Survey of Registered Voters

n-600, Error +/- 4%

1.         A proposed law would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy. Currently only doctors are allowed to terminate a pregnancy. Would you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose such a change in the law?


  %

  %

 Strongly favor  

 9.6  


 Favor  

 19.7  

29.3

 Oppose  

 23.9  


 Strongly oppose  

 40.7  

64.6

 Undecided  

 6.2  


2.         Now let me ask the same question again, only this time let me add the category of midwives and comparable mid-level clinicians. Would you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose a change in the law that would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives to perform abortions?

 

  %

  %

 Strongly favor  

 5.4  


 Favor  

 12.8  

18.2

 Oppose  

 32.2  


 Strongly oppose  

 43.8  

76.0

 Undecided  

 5.9  


3.         Do you believe that a change in the law that would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives to perform abortions would make abortions more or less safe for women?


   %

 More safe  

 15.4  

 Less safe  

 65.6  

 Undecided  

 19.0  



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