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California To Expand Access To Abortions

Aired 10/9/13 on KPBS News.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion.

Gov. 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 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | October 9, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

The DemonCrats are the Party of baby-killers. They advocate "choice" in abortion but limit my choice to big gulps, where I buy my pets and kid's meals at McDonalds. Wonderful.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 9, 2013 at 5:23 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

The Republican party is the party of anti-science, and big government intrusion into people's private lives.

Many care more about fetuses than children and adults who are already born.

In fact, if the Republicans who are so obcessed with the rights of fetuses felt that way about Americans outside of the womb, the government probably wouldn't be shut down.

If a building were on fire and in one wing there were 10,000 embryonic stem cells in tubes and in the other wing there was a 10 year old girl, and there was only time to save 1, which would you choose?

Apparently muckapoo and many Republicans would choose to save the test tubes with the stem cells in them instead of the little girl because they consider it saving 10,000 people as opposed to just 1.

Rational people who understand science would save the little girl.

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muckapoo1 | October 9, 2013 at 7:10 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Baby killers at any rate. Justify it any way you can duck. Your analogy is worthless unless real. Typical lib talk along the party line. How many worthwhile people has the DemonCrat party aided in their time???

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wouldneye | October 9, 2013 at 9:13 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

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sdreefer21 | October 9, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Pseudo christians/catholics and politics are hard to separate. So easy to swoop the Jesus vote with a few church appearances. Abortions are legal and will remain so; get over it.

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benz72 | October 10, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Ummm... the article reports on a study that compares the technical competence of NPs to those of physicians and finds them similar. Why wouldn't one allow the least expensive operator to perform work if the results are the same.

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Anon11 | October 10, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

A good way to minimize abortions is proper sex education and access to condoms and other birth control.

Also, keep in mind that making abortions illegal won't stop them, but rather create a black market.

Sometimes it is about minimizing the damage...

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CaliforniaDefender | October 10, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Education is the best way to reduce abortions. However, one of the major road blocks to education is the Catholic Church:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/sex-ed-banned-catholic-church-owned-school-buildings-article-1.1309911

For conservatives that are opposed to abortion, have you considered the impact of an unwanted child on society? Many are dumped on taxpayer funded agencies and contribute to crime, drug use, unemployment, and become dependent on government handouts for life.

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Missionaccomplished | October 10, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

_uckapoo1, Libertarians on the Right are pro-abortion--not just "liberals." What say you now?

@DUCKSTER, you need to read Camile LaPaglia. Oppose her position BUT at least she is HONEST about it and doesn't try to euphamize or doublespeak the issue by calling it a "reproductive right."

@SDREEFER, mmmaybe if you smoked a few less . . . to you I say the same as Duckster: Read La Paglia.

PS: to both of you, Jewish American journalist and author, Nat HENTOFF, on the Left, formerly with the VILLAGE VOICE, was AGAINST on-demand abortion. As was atheist Chris Hitchens. The FACT that we have seen reversals, SDREEFER, gives those of us who oppose on demand abortions, some realistic hope. The conviction of the Philadelphia abortion doctor is huge and the media not surprisingly shied away.

CA OFFENDER, again you demonstrate your personal prejudices and nativism: anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, anti-ethnic diversity . . . Study the history of immigration, you will read about opposition to Irish, Italians, Catholics, and Far East Asians. PS for you , an agnostic instuctor at San Diego City College and Ph D candidate at the time, told us that a Jesuit-education is one of the best any university student can EVER have. Keep offending, offender. That's what you do best as witnessed on the other story. (lol)

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JeanMarc | October 10, 2013 at 3:16 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

You guys are still at it? I don't know where you leftist murder supporters get your energy from.

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DeLaRick | October 10, 2013 at 4:56 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Abortion is hard on all involved. If more men lived up to their obligations, maybe there would be fewer of them.

If all women who had elective abortions and all the men who impregnated them are going to Hell, why should they be punished here on Earth? Won't those of you who didn't have abortions get the last laugh?

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CaliforniaDefender | October 10, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Missionfailed,

I've told you this before, but I'll say it again, I'm not anti-immigrant or anti-diversity. It is true that I tend to tackle hard issues and speak my mind despite vulgar opposition peppered with insults.

Does that make me offensive? I suppose to a few hardened ideologues. But my positions always come from a well contemplated position. I never fire from the hip.

If my positions irritate you, my apologies, but that isn't my intent. Although a wise man once said if you're not touching a nerve, you haven't yet reached the truth.

DLR,

Excellent point! Why do religious people feel the need to punish people on Earth when their god will punish them for eternity?

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tokyo | October 10, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

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Missionaccomplished | October 10, 2013 at 11:46 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

John Mark, are you so uniformed to believe that ONLY people on the Left support abortion--whether it be on-demand or with some restrictions?

Delarick, I am very pleased you feel that way. Back in the 80s a young co-worker of mine impregnated his girlfriend and they soon had an abortion. why? Mostly because he couldn't afford to take care of them. Also, he was very, very immature. It is very frustrating and tragic when a life is taken because some idiot couldn't keep his pants up.

At the same time, I have a female friend who asked my advice on getting an abortion back in 2005 or 2006. I told her I was completely against it, BUT IF she went through with it, to be very, very certain that is what she wanted because there would be no going back! She went ahead and had her baby--a little girl who is now around five.

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Missionaccomplished | October 10, 2013 at 11:49 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

CA Offender, unless you have changed your tune, your posts fit you in the nativist description. I am way too familiar with your immigration posts on the comment you made about the African American and Latino film festivals. You claim not to be "against diversity" but complain every time a local ethnic group celebrates a holiday from the old country!

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Gatornavy | October 11, 2013 at 8:34 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

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Gatornavy | October 11, 2013 at 8:37 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

But Tokyo is my HERO! I am crying from laughing so hard. Thanks Tokyo!

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JeanMarc | October 11, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

I understand how you feel, Tokyo, but maybe sterilization would be better than mass-murder.

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muckapoo1 | October 11, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Anyone in favor of mass abortions should have been aborted. Baby killers all.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 11, 2013 at 9:57 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Nobody is in favor of mass abortions.

We are in favor of women being able to make decisions about their own bodies regarding complex and important decisions without the fanatic holier than thou crowd ridiculing them and calling them 'baby killers' like some in here are doing.

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Missionaccomplished | October 12, 2013 at 9:02 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

That was the original intent, Duckster, but you just try and talk to any NARAL member. They are just as "holier than thou" and instrasigent as anyone.

Was atheist Chris Hitchens "holier than thou" for opposing on-demand abortion? Or how about liberal Nat Hentoff???

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