Maine Gov. signs law allowing non-physicians to perform abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Among the Abortion Industry’s top priorities is circumventing the shortage of doctors willing to abort by convincing state legislatures to change their laws to allow non-physicians, such as nurse practitioners, to perform abortions.

Maine joined their ranks yesterday when pro-abortion Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill which “will allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other qualified medical professionals to administer abortions involving oral medicine or in-clinic procedures,” the New York Times reported. The measure goes into effect in September.

Jacey Fortin reported that in her statement, Gov. Mills said the bill “will ensure that Maine women, especially those in rural areas, are able to access critical reproductive health care services when and where they need them from qualified providers they know and trust.”

A local newspaper, the Press Herald, described Mills “as a staunch defender of abortion rights and Maine’s first female governor.” Mills “introduced the bill this year and supported a similar measure last legislative session when she was serving as attorney general,” wrote Kevin Miller.

The measure narrowly passed the Senate last month on a vote of 19-16 . In the same time frame the House passed the bill 74-58.

As NRL News Today reported last week, pro-abortionists in Virginia are currently challenging the state’s physicians-only requirement, along with three other abortion-related laws.

Back in May, a closely divided Montana Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling “that allows a nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife to provide abortions while they challenge a state law that says only physicians and physician assistants can perform the procedure.” For now the ruling applies only to the two plaintiffs.