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California To Expand Access To Abortions

— Governor Jerry Brown has signed a measure that will expand access to abortions in California. The law lets certain non-physician providers perform aspirations, a non-surgical abortion that uses suction to terminate a pregnancy. These procedures are typically done in the first trimester of pregnancy.

The measure will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to expand their scope of practice.

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins wrote the bill. She said the new law is needed because more than half of California counties don't have any certified abortion providers.

Critics contend it will increase the risk to patients.

But a recent study from UC San Francisco refutes that argument.

The five-year study compared the outcomes of aspiration abortions performed by doctors, with those done by non-physician practitioners. It found the outcomes to be the same.

California's new law bucks a national trend. So far this year, at least nine states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, have passed laws restricting access to abortions.

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Avatar for user 'cbretth'

cbretth | October 10, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

nonsurgical my foot. the suction device has to be forced through a closed (sealed) cervix! The article makes it sound like there is no risk involved to the mother of the unborn baby. The risk is real!

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muckapoo1 | October 10, 2013 at 9:13 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I can't buy a puppy from a pet store but we allow baby killing to all who want to. Brilliant. Party of "Choice" my fat foot.

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asweet | October 10, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

If you check the link from UCSF you'll see that the complication rate for physicians and non-physicians is similar and very small--less than 2%. Making it easier to access a relatively inexpensive and uncomplicated procedure makes health care cheaper and more accessible for all.

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Missionaccomplished | October 10, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

@CBREATH, because Mr. Goldberg demonstrates his personal prejudices once again.

@_uckkkapoo1, you want to see them born but then complain they are taking your taxes!!!

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muckapoo1 | October 11, 2013 at 5:29 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Time for the loose chicks of the world to learn to cross their legs.

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Missionaccomplished | October 11, 2013 at 7:49 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

_uckapoop1, it's not just the loose chicks, it's also the loose guys who insist.

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