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In an effort to make it simpler to acquire an abortion in Maine, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has proposed laws to take away the present restriction that solely docs can carry out abortions.
The invoice would permit a doctor assistant, a complicated observe registered nurse, licensed nurse-midwives or different medical professionals to carry out abortions, in response to the Bangor Every day Information.
“Each girl in Maine ought to be capable to entry reproductive well being care when and the place she wants it, no matter her zip code,” Mills stated in a ready assertion, the Solar Journal reported.
“Permitting superior nurse practitioners and doctor assistants to carry out medication-administered abortions, that are already permitted in different states, will guarantee Maine girls, particularly in rural areas of our state, can entry reproductive well being care companies,” she stated.
The Christian Civic League of Maine is in opposition to the proposal, stated Carroll Conley, its govt director.
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“We simply really feel that well being care and any growth of it must be life-affirming and never life-ending. Making well being care extra accessible isn’t opposite to our mission so long as it’s life-affirming,” Conley stated.
The group has some legislative allies.
“I agree with these bans and I feel they need to keep in place,” Republican state Rep. Beth O’Connor stated, in response to WPFO.
“This shall be a celebration line vote, in all probability, and hopefully, just a few (Democrats) from the opposite aspect shall be swayed to say ‘no’ to this,” O’Connor stated.
Ought to this laws be opposed?
In line with ABC, O’Connor stated that the invoice to increase who might carry out abortions and a proposal to permit Medicaid-funded abortions had been “extremist.”
Mills stated Republicans ought to wait earlier than staking out their opposition.
“I’d ask the present (GOP) leaders to look to their elders and mentors up to now earlier than they cross judgment on a invoice that merely expands the listing of suppliers who would possibly be capable to carry out early time period abortions and permit rural in underserved areas to have entry to the identical companies that girls in city areas have already got,” Mills stated.
Democrats in varied states have pushed abortion entry laws this 12 months, together with a New York regulation that declares a elementary proper to abortion and a Virginia regulation that drew controversy when its architect indicated it will permit abortion proper up till the second of delivery.
Maine’s laws has been proposed earlier than, however there may be one vital political distinction. Democrats now maintain majorities within the Maine Home and Senate and maintain the governor’s workplace.
Democratic Home Speaker Sara Gideon stated the invoice was a step ahead for ladies.
“Regardless of the place they stay, each girl has the proper to soundly make her personal well being choice and to manage her personal future. I’m proud to sponsor this invoice which can lastly appropriate an outdated regulation that severely limits protected entry to abortion,” she tweeted.
Regardless of the place they stay, each girl has the proper to soundly make her personal well being selections and to manage her personal future. I’m proud to sponsor this invoice which can lastly appropriate an outdated regulation that severely limits protected entry to abortion. #mepolitics https://t.co/onoSkB1YNn
— Speaker Sara Gideon (@saragideon) March 14, 2019
“Girls in rural Maine have been disproportionately harmed, the place the sheer logistics of arranging for journey, taking time without work work and securing baby care create an typically insurmountable barrier to accessing the total vary of household planning companies,” Gideon stated in an announcement.
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