Maine governor signs abortion bill allowing non-doctors to perform procedure

Grant Boone
June 13, 2019

In Maine, the articulate's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill that would allow neatly being care mavens who're no longer doctors to manufacture abortions. She signed it into law Monday, Fox News reported.

The new law lets nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others carry out abortions. Critics say it could potentially make the procedure less safe. Stacey Guerin of ME said according to the New York Post.

As Democratic politicians continue to ditch their "safe, legal, and rare" motto in order to make abortion-on-demand a reality, the state of ME has now expanded which healthcare employees can perform abortions. Opponents, meanwhile, predicted the measure would increase risks for women and lead to more abortions in Maine.

The law will allow physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions, according to a press release from Mills' office. Almost two dozen states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have expanded their list of abortion-medication providers following court or agency rulings.

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"These health care professionals are trained in family planning, counseling and abortion procedures, the overwhelming majority of which are completed without complications", Mills said.

"Permitting certified and licensed medical mavens to manufacture abortions will make certain that that ME ladies people, especially those in rural areas, are ready to access extreme reproductive neatly being care companies and products when and the build they want them from certified suppliers they know and have confidence", Mills stated in a assertion launched Monday. 1261, was sponsored by House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.

Maine's move to expand authorized abortion providers stood in contrast to a wave of anti-abortion measures passed recently around the country. "By signing this bill into law, ME is defending the rights of women and taking a step towards equalizing access to care as other states are seeking to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate these services".

The law also came in the wake of lawsuits from advocacy groups and abortion clinic suing ME over its abortion provider restrictions and ban on state Medicaid funds for abortions.

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