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 couldn‚Äôt 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 Francisco‚Äôs 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 woman‚Äôs womb. Since the program began, non-physicians have performed 8,000 first-trimester abortions....
15¬†Then the king of California spoke to the midwives; 16¬†and he said, ‚ÄúWhen you are helping women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is unwanted, then you shall put him to death.‚ÄĚ 17¬†But the Christian midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of California had commanded them, but let them live. 18¬†So the king called for the midwives and said to them, ‚ÄúWhy have you done this thing, and let them live?‚ÄĚ 19¬†The Christian midwives said to Pharaoh, ‚ÄúBecause the Christian women are not as the other women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.‚ÄĚ 20¬†So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21¬†Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.