The California Senate last week passed a bill allowing abortionists to practice without a doctors license, which now awaits approval from Governor Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 623, introduced by Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, extends a program run by the University of California at San Francisco, in which nurse practitioners, midwives, and doctors assistants are trained to perform abortions without any further training in medicine. Kehoe argues the bill is necessary because there arent enough doctors performing abortions in California.
Sen. Kehoe had unsuccessfully attempted to pass a broader measure earlier this year that was killed in committee. Rather than opening abortion to non-physicians generally, the latest bill focuses on extending a UC-San Francisco program that lawyers say has used a legal loophole to pursue the unorthodox training.