October 28, 2014
"California's Innovative Experiment To Tackle Abortion Stigma," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A 2013 California law (AB 154) that allows "nurse practitioners, midwives, and trained physician's assistants to perform [abortion] during the first trimester" has not only "made abortion easier to get" but is also "having an important effect on the culture of stigma that often pervades abortion services," Culp-Ressler writes. For example, the law allows patients who would otherwise be required to visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in Marin County only when physicians were available to receive one "any day of the week" from a nurse, which means that patients "don't have to feel singled out by being forced to come to the clinic on a day when the anti-abortion harassment likely intensifies," she writes. Culp-Ressler adds, "[I]n a society where abortion is continually separated out from the rest of women's reproductive needs ... California's new law is a radical way to communicate that it doesn't have to be that way" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/27).
What others are saying about abortion rights:
~ "We Know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion?" Rachel Cohen, American Prospect.