…SB 374 in CA…would make it a crime not to provide patients with information about the legality or availability of abortion and… could also be grounds for stripping the doctor or nurse practitioner of their license to practice. Worse, if the professional has a conscience objection, he or she must still participate in ensuring that the patient receives detailed information about deciding whether or not to have an abortion….
With the change of administrations in Washington and the deterioration in the state’s fiscal health, the time has come for a fundamental rethinking of the stem cell program. The debate over its future has to take place in the context of the state’s overall needs, not merely among a small group of self-interested board members.
Prop. 71 endowed the program with what looked like an embarrassment of riches. The danger is that, without better oversight and broader debate about its policies and goals, it will become simply an embarrassment.