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October 18, 2013

More abortion not the answer

This January, we will mark 41 years of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. Just this year, we heard gruesome, inhumane details from a Philadelphia abortion clinic, though the mainstream media had to be shamed into covering the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist behind that tragic house of horrors. And now, California has an answer to the Gosnell problem: It’s — wait for it — increased access to abortion.

Non-doctors — nurses, midwives and physicians’ assistants — are now legal abortion providers in California; the Early Access to Abortion Bill allows them to perform a certain kind of first-trimester abortion.

While advocates of the bill dismiss reasonable concerns, Dr. Elissa Sanchez-Speach worries: “Supporters of this bill are missing the point. If we truly want to see (fewer) abortions ... we need to (provide) better support for women to bear children and raise their families.”

While the California move has been suggested as a remedy to the Gosnells of the world, the conscience of a nation demands a deeper reflection.

“Lowering medical professionalism is precisely what produced Kermit Gosnell,” J.D. Mullane, a local Pennsylvania reporter who sat in on the Gosnell trial points out. Gosnell was providing an increasingly unpopular procedure. The state did not act on health-inspection violations, “and so Gosnell was able to have a 15-year-old kid, and other marginally trained staff, administer powerful sedatives and birth-inducing drugs.”

During a year when the president of the United States called upon God himself to bless the work of Planned Parenthood, the organization’s advocacy arm assures us that the new law “reaffirms California’s leadership on women’s health issues as anti-choice legislation sweeps the nation.” This new law isn’t about women’s health, but old-school abortion politics.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life, calls California’s abortion-expansion moves “a slap in the face to women across America.” In addition to the non-physician abortions, a second bill moved to lower standards, to make abortions easier to do.

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