California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last weekend a bill extending a program that allows non-physicians perform first-trimester abortions.
Proponents of the law claim it helps provide abortions to women in rural areas who couldnât otherwise obtain an abortion, while pro-life advocates are upset the state is continuing a program that endangers the lives of both unborn babies and their mothers.
The University of California, San Franciscoâs Health Workforce Pilot Program started in 2007 and has allowed 41 nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants perform aspiration abortions, which use a vacuum to suck parts of the unborn child out of a womanâs womb. Since the program began, non-physicians have performed 8,000 first-trimester abortions....
15Â Then the king of California spoke to the midwives; 16Â and he said, âWhen you are helping women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is unwanted, then you shall put him to death.â 17Â But the Christian midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of California had commanded them, but let them live. 18Â So the king called for the midwives and said to them, âWhy have you done this thing, and let them live?â 19Â The Christian midwives said to Pharaoh, âBecause the Christian women are not as the other women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.â 20Â So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21Â Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.