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California May Expand Access To Abortions

Aired 7/8/13 on KPBS News.

While a number of states are restricting access to abortions, California may do just the opposite.

— Texas and Ohio are poised to become the latest states to restrict abortions.

Meanwhile, California may be headed in the opposite direction. A bill that would expand access to early-term abortions is moving through the California Senate.

The measure, written by San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, would let nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants perform aspiration abortions. These non-surgical procedures use suction to terminate a pregnancy.

Supporters say the bill is needed because more than half of California counties don't have an abortion provider.

Critics argue the measure would lower the standard of care for California women.

A recent study from UC San Francisco takes a different view.

It compared the outcomes of aspiration abortions performed by non-physician practitioners with those done by doctors. Their safety records were the same, with a complication rate of less than two percent.

The California Assembly has approved the bill to expand access to abortions. The full Senate has yet to weigh in.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | July 8, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Why would a shouted it to the four winds lesbian be interested in expanding access to early-term abortion?

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 8, 2013 at 2:41 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't see what being a lesbian has anything to do with it.

Maybe you should be asking yourself why old white Republican men want to restrict women's health and force them to get invasive vaginal procedures before exercising their legal right to make their own reproductive decisions.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 8, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Mission,

Why? Because this is a women's rights issue.

Duck,

Sure you can attack the elderly and Republicans who are generally opposed to women's rights. But white? Do you have any data that shows minority males are more accepting of women's rights? I think you'd find the opposite is true.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 8, 2013 at 9:07 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

CA Defender, point taken. I just had the image of old white guys in congress when I wrote that, but in reality their race, age and political party don't matter, what shocks me is that it's a bunch of men making laws about women's health rights.

I'm a male and it creeps me out, I can only imagine how creeped out women are by it.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | July 8, 2013 at 10:29 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Atkins authored it--NOT that she will EVER be in a position to have one ANYMORE than your "old white Republican men."

PS: Is Atkins not "white"?

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Avatar for user 'Eddie89'

Eddie89 | July 9, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Reproductive choices should always be left to the individual(s) involved. They have to live with the choice for the rest of their lives. And any religious implications should also fall on their shoulders.

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