State Sen. Christine Kehoe pulled her bill to allow nondoctors in California to perform abortions Friday because it didn’t have the support to clear a key Senate committee vote.
The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee was set to reconsider SB 1338 today after an April 26 deadlock. The bill would have allowed an estimated 24,000 nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform first-trimester suction abortions.
“We’re especially thankful for the people on the ground who called, faxed, e-mailed, and wrote to those particular senators, (Democrats) Ron Vargas in San Diego and Lou Correa in Orange County,” said Ron Prentice, executive director of the California Family Council.
Planned Parenthood launched an unsuccessful radio advertising campaign urging Vargas to change his vote.
Opponents of the bill, including the California Catholic Conference and The Life Legal Defense Foundation, argued that passing it would do nothing to uphold the state’s “safe and rare” stance on abortion.
Kehoe told the Los Angeles Times that she may still pursue expanding the number of health professionals allowed to perform abortion. Kehoe said the bill would allow women to get abortions in remote areas underserved by abortion doctors.
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