Planned Parenthood was arguing before the Senate today, saying that since we allow midwives to deliver babies, we should let similar non-doctors perform abortions as well.
First of all, birth is a natural process that midwives facilitate. Abortion is an invasive surgical procedure that involves sticking sharp instruments into a part of the body very prone to injury and infection. To equate the two is asinine.
Abortion is, by definition, tampering with this natural process in a way that causes the death of at least one person--the baby. It should be no surprise if the tampering causes the death of the mother as well.
Second, we already know that when you decide to tamper with pregnancy through abortion, residents have a higher reported complication rate than licensed doctors. And we could expect the complication rate to be even higher when you have abortions done by people who don't even have the background and experience of a resident.
Clearly, Planned Parenthood's goal isn't safe and legal abortion but cheap and legal ones.