Abortion Expansion Bill Passes Committee


Abortion Expansion Bill 

Passes Committee

Today, AB 154, the bill to allow nurses, midwives and PA’s to perform abortions passed out of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections committee 9-4.  The bill will next be heard in the Health committee.


Proponents of the bill claimed there is a necessity to expand access to abortions and that allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, women will not have to travel from rural communities to have abortions.


“The indisputable fact is that expanding the categories of licensed abortionists will compromise the quality of women’s health in California.” Dr. Val Smith, Ph.D, a statistician in behavioral science testified, “As a matter of public policy, I request that committee members weigh the inconvenience of women crossing county lines to obtain abortions against the certainty of compromised women’s health.”


Assemblymember Hagman argued that it is not uncommon for a person seeking an elective medical treatment to travel to receive medical care.  Hagman further questioned the complication rate, according to proponents’ own study, of non-physicians being twice that of physicians performing abortions. The discussion continually reverted away from safe medical care for women to “access” and “women’s rights” to abortions.


Assemblyman Brian Jones expressed concern about the minors that will receive abortions by non-physicians.  When Jones asked how minors are able to pay for the abortions they receive, a Planned Parenthood representative conceded that minors were able to apply for Medi-cal benefits in order to receive abortions if they do not want to use their parent’s insurance.


Capitol Resource Institute thanks Assemblymembers Hagman and Jones for speaking in opposition of this bill.


Read AB 154


Organizations in support of AB 154 


California Women’s Law Center

California Church IMPACT

National Center for Lesbian Rights

League of Women Voters of California

California Nurse Midwives Association

California Association for Nurse Practitioners

American Association of University Women

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Women’s Community Clinic

ACT for Women and Girls

National Health Law Program

Nevada County Citizens for Choice

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (sponsor)

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

American Nurses Association

California Family Health Council, Inc.

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles

Fresno Barrios Unidos

Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

American College of Nurse-Midwives

National Latina Institute for Reproductive health

Forward Together

Khmer Girls in Action

Bay Area Communities for Health Education

California Women’s Health Alliance (sponsor)

American Civil Liberties Union of California (co-sponsor)

ACCESS Women’s Health Justice (co-sponsor)

Black Women for Wellness (co-sponsor)

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (co-sponsor)

NARAL Pro-Choice California (co-sponsor)

Cardea Institute

Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law

Choice USA

Choice USA at California State University Long Beach

Choice USA at California State University Sacramento

Choice USA at Mills College

Choice USA at San Jose State University

Choice USA at Scripps College Beach

National Network of Abortion Funds

Physicians for Reproductive HealthPlanned Parenthood Mar Monte

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino Counties

Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties

Students for Reproductive Justice at Stanford University

Women’s Health Specialists of California

53 private individuals

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