Women’s Health And Safety Be Damned

An abortion training project for non-physicians has prompted Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has issued a ruling that truly defies logic.

In his May 17 decision, Judge Evelio Grillo denied the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s petition for a writ of mandate to require release of the names of physicians, clinicians and stakeholders who participated in the pilot project conducted by the University of California San Francisco/Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

“[T]he court finds that the public interest in withholding the names of the Clinicians outweighs the public interest in disclosing those names,” the decision states. “First, there is a public interest in protecting persons who provide abortion services from harassment. … Second, the public has an interest in academic research, and that interest may be compromised if research participants cannot participate with the assurance that their privacy will be protected.”

The project itself is revealing. For years, abortion proponents have claimed that only by keeping abortion legal can women’s health and safety be protected, presumably because doctors could perform them without fear of prosecution. Now comes this push to allow nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and certified nurse midwives to perform abortions with as little as two day’s training. How’s that working out? 8,000 patients later, “…the project’s own documents show that the injury rate is 80 percent more than when physicians perform abortions….”

Now Judge Grillo has ruled that the privacy concerns of the project participants outweigh the safety concerns of patients. That seems backwards to me.

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