Maine governor signs abortion access law

Maine Now Allows Physician Assistants And Nurse Practitioners To Perform Abortions

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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.

Janet Mills signed a bill on Monday authorizing two non-doctor categories of medical professionals to perform abortions.

ME is the second state, following California, to allow non-doctors to perform in-clinic abortions, according to Maine's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, The Associated Press reported.

Janet Mills signed legislation yesterday that allows physician assistants and nurse practitioners to provide abortions for women.

ME currently has three publicly accessed abortion centers in Augusta, Portland, and Bangor but supporters of this law hope that more will now open thanks to the new pool of employees able to perform the 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.

In most states, only physicians perform abortions, but ME is now set to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to provide abortion medication and perform in-clinic abortions.

Following court or agency rulings, almost two dozen others, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have also expanded their list of abortion medication providers. Stacey Guerin of ME said according to the New York Post.

"States across the country, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have already eliminated this outdated restriction on abortion care", said Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

Conservatives say the move is not a victory for women or health care.

"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".

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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