California - Teaching Abortion NPR's Kathy Lohr reports that California is set to become the first state to require medical schools to teach residents how to perform abortions. A bill, which Gov. Gray Davis is expected to sign, would allow medical schools to opt out if they had conscientious objections, but residents in obstetrics and gynecology would have to be taught the procedure elsewhere. The measure aims to address a shortage of abortion providers, particularly as older doctors retire and younger ones graduate from medical schools that do not provide any training. Abortion rights opponents across the country say there is no shortage of abortion providers, and that the measure would result in doctors being taught to "kill their patients."