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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The Unfilled Demand for Abortion Providers creates a House of Horror in a Pennsylvanian Abortion Clinic

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 14th, 2013

Week in Review

Girls grow up so fast these days, don’t they?  Why when I was in high school I remember girls being girls.  Hanging out with their friends.  Getting involved with after-school activities.  I even remember some of the cool girls in the marching band playing inside the school on Friday.  And at the pep rallies.  Today these girls are managing their birth control.  Even having an abortion or two.  Because the liberal Left has empowered them.  So they can be free and do whatever they want to.  So these girls aren’t playing in marching band anymore at pep rallies.  But giving in to the constant begging of the cool boys they want to like them.  So instead of those innocent after-school activities they’re having consequence-free sex.  Well, what they thought was consequence-free sex.

Which brings us to the ugly side of all that empowering girls.  Some of them are getting venereal diseases they will live with for the rest of their life.  Some are getting pregnant.  Some are having babies.  And some are having abortions.  And all of this is happening even before they graduate from high school.

It’s getting harder to get an abortion these days.  As more people are turning away from the heady days of the Seventies.  Where women went on the pill.  And Roe v. Wade made abortion legal.  Anything went in those days.  But after seeing the explosion in abortion rates people are having a change of heart on the issue.  Especially those in the health care field.  Making it hard to find abortion providers in some areas.  And because fewer and fewer people are providing these services stories like this appear in the news (see Why Pro-Lifers And Pro-Choicers Both Blame The Other Side For Kermit Gosnell’s ‘House Of Horrors’ Abortion Clinic by Grace Wyler posted 4/12/2013 on Business Insider).

The gruesome murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has inflamed political passions on both sides of the abortion debate, both for its horrific content and for the potential policy implications that the trial could have on abortion rights and women’s health.

If you are just tuning in to the Gosnell story, here is the ugly synopsis, from the 2011 grand jury report (emphasis added):

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.

Let us say right up front that we realize this case will be used by those on both sides of the abortion debate. We ourselves cover a spectrum of personal beliefs about the morality of abortion. For us as a criminal grand jury, however, the case is not about that controversy; it is about disregard of the law and disdain for the lives and health of mothers and infants. We find common ground in exposing what happened here, and in recommending measures to prevent anything like this from ever happening again

So what are the two sides of the abortion debate saying?  Here’s the pro-life point of view:

To that end, pro-life groups like SBA List have used the Gosnell trial to bolster support for new state laws that impose further restrictions on abortion clinics, including so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws that require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and often require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

“One solution is to increase the standards that these clinics and facilities are held to,” Quigley said. “The types of legislation that we’re focusing on are precisely these types of common-sense measures that ensure health and safety standards for abortion clinics.”

To emphasize this point, pro-life advocates point to the fact that Gosnell’s clinic was not inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health after 1993, when the agency decided to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all.

According to the report from the grand jury, this decision was made for “political reasons” because the state didn’t want to be “putting a barrier up to women” who wanted abortions. The board considered restarting inspections in 1999, but officials were concerned that abortion clinics wouldn’t meet inspection standards, resulting in fewer abortion facilities.

So, in other words, they want to make an abortion clinic as clean and professional as my veterinary doctor’s office.  Where my vet works hard to keep his standards up.  Because there are a lot of vets out there doing the same thing and he doesn’t want to lose my business.  As there is no stigma in being a vet.  And no political controversy.  Which tells you a lot about abortion.

Now the pro-choice point of view:

Still, pro-choice advocates say that the Philadelphia “House of Horrors” is also the tragic by-product of a hostile political climate that has driven legitimate abortion providers out of business and forced women to seek out low-cost butchers like Gosnell.

“We all thought we had said goodbye to the days of back-alley abortions,” said Jessica Arons, director of the Women’s Health and Rights program at the Center for American Progress. “The majority of abortions provided in this country are legal and safe. But there are people like Gosnell who take advantage of the polarized atmosphere and exploit women. So hopefully people will take away the right lessons from this case.”

According to Arons, TRAP laws are the result of a decades-long push by pro-life lobbyists to limit access to abortions at the state level. She explained that these laws put cumbersome architectural and bureaucratic restrictions on abortion clinics, forcing providers to comply with medical standards designed for far more complicated surgical facilities.

In the end, clinics are often unable to meet the requirements and are forced to shut down — which, of course, is the goal of these laws from the outset.

Laws requiring doctors to have hospital privileges are also a “catch-22,” Arons said, because hospitals are often reluctant to grant privileges to qualified abortion providers for fear of political backlash.

Hostile political environment?  Back alley abortions?  They couldn’t have left Gosnell more alone.  The only thing restricting access to abortion was the trouble in finding more abortion providers to work in an unregulated industry.  Which means it must be more of a matter of conscious than politics.

Of course the bigger picture here is what the liberal Left is doing to girls by empowering them with free birth control and access to abortion.  It is because of this girls feel that it must be okay to use sex to get a boy to like them.  And because boys can have more sex with more girls they continue this behavior after high school.  Which is a large reason for women turning to online dating services to find someone to marry.  Because most men these days are just looking for a good time.  Like they were back in high school.  Which leads to multiple sex partners.  Greater transmission of venereal diseases.  And abortions.

In hindsight these women probably wished they did play in that marching band in high school.  And enjoyed being a girl.  Having some wholesome fun in those after-school activities.  Instead of empowering themselves.  By objectifying themselves.  And creating a whole lot of stress in their lives they don’t need.  Caused by the Left.  Who exploited these women.  And girls.  To make them fear Republicans.  And vote Democrat.  So they could have all the consequence-free sex they so desired.  As if that was the only thing important in their lives.

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