Maine Now Allows Physician Assistants And Nurse Practitioners To Perform Abortions

Maricruz Casares
Junio 12, 2019

Maine, Missouri and Vermont all passed measures or secured court victories that will help expand abortion access in their states, at least for the time being.

The governor of ME has signed a bill that lets health care professionals who are not doctors perform abortions.

Janet Mills signed legislation expanding the ability to commit abortions from actual doctors to physician assistants and some types of nurses, which critics argue will only increase the risks to women considering abortion.

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.

"Allowing qualified and licensed medical professionals to perform abortions will ensure that ME women, especially those in rural areas, are able to access critical reproductive health care services when and where they need them from qualified providers they know and trust", Mills said in a statement released Monday. Stacey Guerin has said.

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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.

Supporters of the bill say abortion is one of the safest medical procedure and the restrictions on who can perform the procedure are outdated.

"This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont - protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider", he said in a statement.

The law in ME comes after other Democrat-led states moved to protect or expand abortions access in their states following a series of pro-life measures in red states, most notably in Alabama where abortion was banned after six weeks.

Conley also disputed the idea that the law was responding to actual evidence that any residents of rural ME were unable to obtain abortions.

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