ME expands list of abortion providers

ME expands list of abortion providers

"Expanding who is allowed to perform an abortion does not expand the safety of the procedure".

Janet Mills signed into law a measure that will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform abortions, a move that reproductive rights advocates say will increase access to this type of healthcare for patients in rural areas.

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

Maine's new law comes as half a dozen Republican-dominant states have passed near total bans on the procedure. The CCL's executive director, Carroll Conley, said he is concerned whether non-physician practitioners can receive sufficient training to perform abortions by September, among other concerns.

"Expanding who is allowed to perform an abortion does not expand the safety of the procedure", Republican state Sen.

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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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.

Almost two dozen states including Vermont and New Hampshire allow certain non-doctors to perform medication abortions following court and agency rulings.

"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.

In contrast, the American Civil Liberties Union supported the bill and cited research showing that non-physicians can perform safe abortion care. 1261, was sponsored by House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.

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.

"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", Mills said. Such advanced clinicians could provide abortion medication and in-clinic abortions, which typically involve suction.