California pushing Legislation to allow Nurses to Provide Abortions

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 1st, 2013

Week in Review

Roe v. Wade may have made abortions legal in the country.  But it doesn’t force doctors to perform abortions.  The Achilles heel of Roe v. Wade.  And apparently causing a problem in California (see Nurses could perform abortions in the first 12-weeks of pregnancy under new Californian bill by Anthony Bond posted on the Daily Mail).

Nurses in California could soon be allowed to perform abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives would be allowed to perform abortions instead of doctors…

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who wrote the measure, said there is a huge lack of  abortion providers in California…

Opponents say more providers are not needed becasue [sic] California already has the highest rate of abortion in the U.S.

Even though few doctors want to abort babies in California the state has the highest rate of abortions in the U.S.  Which brings up two interesting points.  The first being that doctors apparently don’t want to perform abortions.  Possibly because of that “I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion” in the Hippocratic Oath.  Or because of that “do no harm” in the oath.  Assuming they believe a gestating fetus is a human life that they can harm.

The other point is that if they are leading in the number of abortions how can they have a lack of abortion providers?  Apparently the few doctors willing to violate their Hippocratic Oath are being fed with more pregnant women to perform abortions on than in any other state.  The question is how many more abortions are enough?  But there is an even more interesting question.  What if they can’t get ‘enough’ nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives to perform abortions?

A mid-wife typically helps with the delivery of a baby.  Because they love bringing new life into the world.  How are they going to feel about amending their business cards to read, “Deliveries and abortions?”  To be skilled at both bringing new life into the world?  And preventing the bringing of new life into the world?  They may not take the Hippocratic Oath but they probably do their job as if they had.  And no doubt will be as reluctant to perform abortions as doctors are.


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