ME governor signs bill to let non-doctors commit abortions

Henrietta Strickland
Июня 12, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood say they'll file a lawsuit. Those measures include laws seeking to ban abortions early into a pregnancy - as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected - and a particularly controversial law in Alabama that would punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

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

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.

According to the governor's statement, seven other states allow some non-doctor medical professionals to perform abortions.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill Monday - a bill she had introduced herself.

Pro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, May 31, 2019, the last location in the state performing abortions.

Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of ME, also echoed the safety concerns and told the New York Times that it's unclear whether nurses and other health care professionals will receive enough training to administer abortion by the time the law takes effect.

Maine's new law expanding abortion providers adds to the current contention surrounding abortion laws and procedures in the US. Stacey Guerin of ME said according to the New York Post.

"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.

"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".

"I'm grateful to our champions like Maine's @GovJanetMills - who signed a bill yesterday to expand access to abortion care services by allowing qualified professionals, like nurse practitioners and physician's assistants, to provide abortion care!"

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