Democratic Governor Pushes Bill To Allow 'Non-Doctors' To Perform Abortions
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills proposes legislation to make abortion easier
If pushing for bills allowing late-term abortions in more states wasn't enough, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has proposed new legislation that will allow people who are not doctors to perform abortions.
The bill would enable registered nurses, certified nurse-midwives and other medical professionals to perform abortions, the Bangor Daily News reported.
“Every woman in Maine should be able to access reproductive health care when and where she needs it, regardless of her zip code,” Mills said in a prepared statement, the Sun Journal reported.
“Allowing advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform medication-administered abortions, which are already permitted in other states, will ensure Maine women, especially in rural areas of our state, can access reproductive health care services,” she said.
Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine said it is against the proposal.
“We just feel that health care and any expansion of it should be life-affirming and not life-ending. Making health care more accessible is not contrary to our mission as long as it’s life-affirming,” Conley said.
“I agree with those bans, and I think they should stay in place,” Republican state Rep. Beth O’Connor said, according to WPFO.
“This will be a party-line vote, probably, and hopefully, a few (Democrats) from the other side will be swayed to say ‘no’ to this,” O’Connor said.
ABC reported that O’Connor said that the expansion of the bill on who could perform abortion are “extremist.”
But Mills insisted Republicans should wait before opposing the bill.
“I would ask the current (GOP) leaders to look to their elders and mentors in the past before they pass judgment on a bill that simply expands the list of providers who might be able to perform early-term abortions and allow rural in underserved areas to have access to the same services that women in urban areas already have,” Mills said.
In January, Mills joined with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, continuing their commitment to make Maine an abortion-friendly state, according to Maine Public.
But Planned Parenthood’s primary source of profit is abortion and receives upward of 35 percent of the abortion market, a figure that surpasses the market shares of leaders in other industries.
In January this year, Democratic lawmakers signed a new bill into law officially legalizing abortions being performed right up until birth in New York.
The Reproductive Health Act passed on Tuesday evening in a 38-24 vote and was signed into law by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY).
Last week, Georgia and Tennessee Houses passed bills banning most abortions being performed in the states after a heartbeat is detected during pregnancy.
The two US states were the latest to move toward enacting tough abortion restrictions as Republican House lawmakers pass bans on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.