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