California women at risk

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

With the passage of two measures in the name of women's "constitutional rights," a pro-life legal group believes California is giving pro-abortion groups an out to put women's health at risk.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2348, a measure that gives registered nurses permission to hand out oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, and other methods, including vaginal rings and patches. Brown signed the bill at the Los Angeles headquarters of Planned Parenthood and called it an affirmation of "every woman's basic constitutional rights."

Cody, Dana (LLDF)But Dana Cody of the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) disagrees.

"I've had some personal experience of my own with contracepting [sic], regretfully, because it did ruin my female health," Cody shares. "This just puts women's health at risk, and it's just not good legislation."

National Nurses United says the bill is an "unsafe expansion" beyond a registered nurse's scope of practice. Even so, it will take effect January 1.

Meanwhile, another measure is expanding a project that shows pro-abortion groups do not care about women's health. (Listen to audio report)

Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physicians assistants under a University of California, San Francisco pilot project will now be able to perform aspiration abortions. Under SB 623, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the pilot project will be extended until January 2014.

But as Cody reports, non-physicians trained under the project were taught in just a matter of days how to perform non-surgical abortions.

"Obviously we're very disappointed that this was signed into law," she states. "And based on the Workforce project that was a precursor to this and their injury rate, I would say that the pro-abortion forces in California really don't care about women. But it's not safe based on their own statistics, and to allow non-physicians to do abortions is putting women at risk."

SB 623 is supported by Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion groups. Under the pilot project, which serviced roughly 8,000 women, there was an 80 percent increase in complications when non-physicians performed abortions.

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