Democrats seemingly value abortions above all else. A new bill, signed by Maine’s Democratic governor, removes the need for an actual licensed doctor to perform an abortion. The law allows for any medical professional, even those who have not gone through the rigorous schooling to become a doctor, to perform an abortion. Governor Janet Mills signed the bill after having introduced it herself to expand abortion access, making it easier for people to kill babies while they are defenseless. The signed bill will formally go into effect as a law 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.
The law, however, has been met with much backlash. Its critics are pointing out the fact that expanding the list of people who can perform the abortion, can potentially increase the chance that something will go wrong during the operation and make it less safe. “Expanding who is allowed to perform an abortion does not expand the safety of the procedure,” Republican state Sen. Stacey Guerin has said.
Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, also expressed the same safety concerns, telling the New York Times that it’s blatantly unclear whether nurses and other health care professionals will receive enough training to administer abortion by the time the law takes effect. This could lead to serious health scares as underqualified personnel perform dangerous operations. She added that the legislation is more about politics as there’s no evidence that women in Maine are experiencing problems in getting abortion services due to proximity.
Maine will be the second state after California with a law allowing non-doctors to perform in-clinic abortions, according to Maine’s Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. The majority of states – with good reason –allows only physicians to perform abortions. Maine, however, will now allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives to provide abortion medication and perform in clinic abortions. Nearly 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 claim abortion is one of the safest medical procedures – except for the fetus they don’t care about – and the restrictions on who can perform the procedure are outdated. “States across the country, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have already eliminated this outdated restriction on abortion care,” said Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. “This law will allow women to receive the care they need from a provider they trust and eliminate the financial and logistical hurdles they face today.”
The law in Maine 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. “Maine is defending the rights of women and taking a step toward equalizing access to care as other states are seeking to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate these services,” the state governor said. The law also came in the wake of lawsuits from advocacy groups and abortion clinic suing Maine over its abortion provider restrictions and ban on state Medicaid funds for abortions.