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February 27, 2012

Speed Bumps On The Transvaginal Highway

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Fighting back at the forced birth crowd whose delay, deny, destroy methods run the gamut from state sanctioned rape to provider murder, and are designed to prevent women from receiving a perfectly legal medical procedure, Ca. State Senator Christine Kehoe has introduced legislation that would create easier access for women who wish to avail themselves of that perfectly legal medical procedure to which all women are entitled if they so choose:

The legislation would clarify that the estimated 16,000 trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in the state could provide first-trimester abortions in outpatient clinics and doctor’s offices.

Current law is unclear about the legal standing of those medical personnel to perform certain abortions, according to a University of San Francisco program involving those practitioners.

Legislation is needed “to clarify the law that, at present, creates confusion over who can provide” abortions, according to a report from the UCSF Access Through Primary Care Initiatives program.

Kehoe, a Democrat, said her bill would provide many women with options they do not currently have.

“There are large portions of the state where there are no, or few, providers. The longer women wait the more complicated the procedure can become,” Kehoe said in an interview.

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Kehoe said the lack of options forces many low-income women to drive hundreds of miles, miss work and lose time with other children to see a provider.

Kehoe’s Senate Bill 1501 is supported by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, an Oakland-based nonprofit that provides a number of reproductive services, including abortions.

In an interview, Executive Director Ana Rodriguez said a number of patients are from rural areas who make the journey to Oakland at great expense.

“In those areas they don’t have a lot of doctors, let alone doctors who provide abortions,” she said.

Assemblyman Brian Jones equates these licensed professionals with “back alley” abortionists.

Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, said he will work to defeat the bill.

“That’s pretty aggressive,” he said. “My immediate question is where and how are they going to do these procedures. It sounds like they want to turn the clock back to the back ally practices they were against.”

Jones added that he cannot understand why Democrats want to expand abortion rights when they pass laws making it illegal for minors to use sun tan booths or get tattoos.

Which, of course, makes perfect sense if someone were to open up a chain of Abort-While-You-Tan-&-Ink salons in the malls right between the H&M and the Wetzel’s Pretzels. But I don’t think that is going to happen….

Kehoe’s bill makes god-bothering busybody Kristi Burton Brown very unhappy because, after expressing a cursory nod towards women’s health blah blah blah baby-killer, she points out that given the choice between a three-hour bus trip and a lifetime of raising an unplanned child who could have a serious impact of the mother’s economic status, health, and future prospects, most women will “clearly” just go “whatev’s” and start picking out baby names. Because that is really what they want:

Kehoe’s bill is a ploy by pro-choice advocates. It is wrapped in the paper of “access” for rural or poor women and tied with the bow of “equal opportunity”.  However, the true purpose of this bill is to increase abortions. Clearly, many women without easy access would choose to keep their baby instead of going through with an abortion. Often, the easier abortions become, the more they are performed, and this is exactly what Kehoe and her allies want.

This is the new ‘learned helplessness’ and that is what they want….


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