Victory on CA SB1338- Abortion by Non-Doctors Bill


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by William B. May

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2012 -- Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced late Friday that she was withdrawing her bill to permit certain non-doctors to perform first trimester vacuum aspiration abortions. She was not able to get any Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee members, who had previously voted against the bill, to change their votes. Your phone calls and emails really helped.

It is important to let legislators know we are paying attention and appreciate it when they do something good, especially on a bill as important as this one. A list of Senators who voted against SB 1338 and their contact information is at the bottom of this email.

Thank Senators who held firm

  • Senator Lou Correa (D- Santa Ana)
    (916) 651-4034, email.
  • Senator Juan Vargas (D- Chula Vista, El Centro, Indio)
    (916) 651-4040, email.
  • Senator Bill Emmerson (R- Riverside, Palm Desert)
    (916) 651-4037, email.
  • Senator Mark Wyland (R- Carlsbad, San Joan Capistrano)
    (916) 651-4038, email.

Thank you for being vocal in your opposition:

  • Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, MD (R- Fresno)
    (916) 319-2029, email

Particular Praise Deserved For Democrats Who Held Firm

The Democrats who voted against SB 1338 deserve particularly high praise because of the tremendous pressure they came under. Planned Parenthood even picketed the office of Senator Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista) and ran advertising against him, but he and Senator Lou Correa (D- Santa Ana) held firm.

After the passage of the bill was blocked in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on a 4-4 vote the week before last, the author, backed by the power of state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), attempted a sneaky amendment to get the committee to reconsider it at a hearing scheduled for today. (See details).

The bill appears to be dead for the year, but Senator Kehoe has indicated she may look for other ways to accomplish her objective.

Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno), a board-certified physician and surgeon, has been an outspoken opponent of the bill bringing focus to how it would have compromised women's health. She strongly argued in testimony and in the media that only medical doctors have the training to handle complications that can come up during the course of an abortion. She should also receive calls and emails of appreciation.

And finally, let us offer prayers of thanks giving that Californians will be spared this effort to expand abortion at the further expense of women's health.

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