According to Hilary Clinton, it takes a village to raise a child, but if California gets its way almost anyone will be able to kill one. Perhaps not anyone, but a bill that passed the California Senate will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion.

The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, was passed on a mostly party-line basis (25-11) and would let the new crop of abortionists perform what are known as aspiration abortions during the first trimester. The method involves inserting a tube and using suction to terminate a pregnancy.

Expanding the list of professionals who can perform those types of abortions would help make them available in areas that have few doctors, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who carried the measure in the Senate. She said about half of California counties lack abortion providers.

“All women deserve access to care in their local communities,” she said.

The procedure is safest when performed early, yet women in rural areas often have difficulty arranging for and traveling to a provider, she said.

Several Republicans objected to the expansion, saying it would increase medical risks for patients.

“Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue that only the best-trained should conduct such an operation,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber. “It has direct and profound impact on lives: the mother and the baby — and there is a baby.”

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, said legalized abortion was supposed to end the days when women’s lives were put at risk. Yet he said Atkins’ bill would allow the procedures by providers who have less training and in clinics without sufficient backup if there are complications.

Perhaps it’s the fact I remember hearing my children’s heartbeat well before 13 weeks, or perhaps it’s concern for the mother, but the description of suctioning out a child with a beating heart is particularly distasteful.  Besides isn’t one of the reasons advocates of abortion want to make sure it’s legal is to keep the practice from being done by non physicians in back alleys?

Those same California legislators who voted for the legislation would have issues if it was a little puppy’s heart being suctioned out rather than a growing baby in it’s mother’s womb.

Under a state pilot program created in 2007, 8,000 aspiration abortions have been provided by non-doctors. Data from the program showed both doctors and non-doctors performing the procedures with error rates below 2 percent, Jackson said.

Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire already allow nurse practitioners to perform these abortions. Under California law, nurse practitioners can administer medicine to induce an abortion.

Killing babies either in utero or after they are born is a barbaric practice, expanding the number of people that could legally kill babies shows the lack of morality exhibited by states such as California.