Assembly Considers Bill to Let Midwives Do Abortions Without Doctor Supervision

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In 2013, California lowered the health safety standards for women by letting non-physicians, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives do first-trimester surgical and medical abortions. State legislators are at it again this year with the introduction of SB 1237, a bill to remove the requirement that certified nurse-midwives be directly supervised by a doctor. 

The bill, authored by Senator Bill Dodd (D) Napa, has already passed the State Senate and is scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee next Monday, August 7. 

“It is horrific enough that California funds the killing of children through all nine months of pregnancy and leads the country in abortions with over 132,000 each year,” said Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council. “But the radical abortion lobby and the politicians they support seem hellbent on making it easier for unborn children to be killed, even if it means lowering health and safety standards for all women.” 

Third-eight other states require surgical abortions to only be done by licensed doctors to protect the health of the mother. NARAL Pro-Choice California is pushing hard to change the state’s safety standards anyways, putting SB 1237 at the top of its legislative priority list.  SB 1237 “aims to expand access to reproductive healthcare — including abortion care and high-quality maternity care — by removing the outdated physician supervision requirement for Certified Nurse-Midwives,” stated a NARAL press release

Action Steps:

Please call the bill author and the members of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and tell them to vote no on SB 1237, unless they removed the provision of the bill pertaining to abortion.

Bill author: Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)

  • Capitol Office: (916) 651-4003
  • District Offices: (707) 224-1990

Assembly Business and Profession Committee

Evan Low (Chair)Dem – 28Assembly Member Evan Low
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2028
District Office: (408) 446-2810
Dr. Joaquin ArambulaDem – 31Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2031
District Office: (559) 445-5532
Richard BloomDem – 50Contact Assembly Member Richard Bloom
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2050
District Office: (310) 450-0041
Phillip ChenRep – 55Assembly Member Phillip Chen
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2055
District Office: (714) 529-5502
David ChiuDem – 17Assembly Member David Chiu
Capitol Office (916) 319-2017
District Office: (415) 557-3013
Jordan CunninghamRep – 35Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2035
District Office: (805) 549-3381
Susan Talamantes EggmanDem – 13Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2013
District Office: (209) 948-7479
Vince FongRep – 34Assembly Member Vince Fong
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2034
District Office: (661) 395-2995
Mike A. GipsonDem – 64Assembly Member Mike A. Gipson
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2064
District Office: (310) 324-6408
Todd GloriaDem – 78Assembly Member Todd Gloria
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2078
District Office: (619) 645-3090
Timothy S. GraysonDem – 14Assembly Member Timothy S. Grayson
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2014
District Office: (925) 521-1511
Chris R. HoldenDem – 41Assembly Member Chris R. Holden
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2041
District Office: (626) 351-1917
Jacqui IrwinDem – 44Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2044
District Office: (805) 482-1904
Kevin McCartyDem – 07Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2007
District Office: (916) 324-4676
Jose MedinaDem – 61Assembly Member Jose Medina
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2061
District Office: (951) 369-6644
Kevin MullinDem – 22Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2022
District Office: (650) 349-2200
Jay ObernolteRep – 33Assembly Member Jay Obernolte
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2033
District Office: (760) 244-5277
Philip Y. TingDem – 19Assembly Member Philip Y. Ting
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2019
District Office: (415) 557-2312

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