Maine Will Allow Non-Doctors To Perform Abortions

  • Maine Will Allow Non-Doctors To Perform Abortions

Maine Will Allow Non-Doctors To Perform Abortions

Meanwhile, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a bill Monday passed by state lawmakers in May that states abortion is a "fundamental right" and also protects the right to contraception, sterilization and family planning.

In Maine, the state's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill that would allow health care professionals who are not doctors to 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.

But critics say that just because more people are legally allowed to perform the abortion does not mean that there are more safeguards in place for women in the case of extra complications such as hemorrhaging, which only trained doctors can handle.

"Planned Parenthood claims to champion women's health care, but here's their president praising ME for legislation that allows *non-doctors* to perform abortions", National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis said in a tweet.

The new law lets nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others carry out abortions. Stacey Guerin previously argued while the bill was being considered.

Maine's new law expanding abortion providers adds to the current contention surrounding abortion laws and procedures in the US.

"States across the country, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have already eliminated this outdated restriction on abortion care", said Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

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.

"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".

ME is also working on a bill to use taxpayer money to fund abortions for Medicaid recipients.