Here is a dog bites man story. The legislature in California has passed a bill for Gov. Brown to sign into law. It removes the legal requirement that a person must have a physician’s license in order to commit an abortion. It is Senate Bill 623.
The policy is already being carried out at the tax-funded University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Midwives, nurse practitioners, and doctor’s assistants so far have committed 8,000 abortions.
The female state senator who introduced the bill made a good point, economically speaking. There isn’t a large enough supply of abortionists.
In other words, she understands that licensing reduces competition, thereby raising prices. But, instead of pushing a bill that removes the licensing for physicians, thereby increasing the supply of health care practitioners, she introduces a bill to make legalized execution more plentiful and therefore cheaper.
Conclusion: the free market is good for killing, but not for healing.
Such is the state of economic reasoning in the state senate of California.
This provision was inserted into a bill unrelated to abortion: the regulation of boat paint. A stand-alone bill to this effect was defeated in the senate.
Let us hope that the stand-alone bill was not defeated because of physicians’ opposition to opening up their market to non-licensed amateurs who would drive down prices.
Note: as to why the state of California should regulate boat paint, the bill does not make clear.
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.
California affiliates of Planned Parenthood support the bill.
I hope the governor refuses to sign the bill. The state does not need to regulate boat paint. It also does not need more abortions.