Target: California Senate
Goal: Applaud California for protecting a woman’s right to choose despite recent national trend to restrict it
State lawmakers throughout the country have recently passed through a number of measures that restrict women’s access to abortion and other forms of reproductive healthcare. However, California is chafing against this trend. Rather then restrict a woman’s right to choose, California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would expand women’s access to abortions during their first trimester of pregnancy. The California Senate recently approved Assembly Bill 154, a measure that enables more medical officials to give women early abortions. California must be commended for protecting a woman’s right to choose during a time period when lawmakers have greatly curbed women’s autonomy over their own bodies.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that women had the right to get an abortion up to 24 weeks into their pregnancy. However, many states such as North Carolina, North Dakota, and Texas have recently passed measures that have shut down virtually all abortion clinics in those respective states. Moreover, many lawmakers in those states have proposed to ban abortion after six weeks when a fetal heartbeat could be detected. These measures have been proposed and passed despite contradicting the protections enshrined by the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
Under Assembly Bill 154, nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants who undergo specialized training would be granted the ability to perform abortions during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. This measure if signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown will rectify the fact that the majority of counties in California lack an abortion provider. Expanding access to abortion providers would also further help women terminate their pregnancies as early as possible. Abortions, in general, are safe procedures, but the earlier a pregnancy ends the easier and safer they are to perform.
Supporters of the bill cited a comprehensive study done by researchers at the University if California-San Francisco that concluded that nurses, physical assistants and certified midwives can safely perform first-trimester abortions. Other West Coast states have also protected women’s access to reproductive healthcare. Oregon remains the sole state in the U.S. that has not passed any measure to restrict abortion. Please sign this petition to commend California lawmakers for promoting women’s access to reproductive healthcare and for allowing them to retain autonomy over their own bodies. Hopefully, other states will emulate what California and other West Coast states have done to protect women’s right to choose.
Dear California Senate,
We commend you for protecting a woman’s right to choose in California by passing Assembly Bill 154, which would enable more certified medical officials to perform first trimester abortions. Midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants would be able to safely perform these abortions and thus grant women greater access to abortion providers. The majority of California’s counties lack abortion providers, and this measure would rectify that gap and allow women to terminate their pregnancies early on.
Abortions in general are safe procedures, but they are easier and safer if they are done early on during the pregnancy. This bill would allow women in California to maintain autonomy over their own bodies by expanding their access to abortion services. We commend you for bucking the national trend of restricting access to abortion and reproductive healthcare that has recently taken place in states with republican-dominated legislatures.
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