Nurses soon will be allowed to abort unborn babies in Maine after Gov. Janet Mills signed a new pro-abortion law Monday.
The legislation is part of a growing push by the abortion industry to de-regulate abortions as it struggles to find enough doctors willing to abort unborn babies.
The Press Herald reports the new law (LD 1261) will allow physicians assistants and nurse practitioners to do abortions, joining eight other states. It passed the Democrat-controlled state House and Senate earlier this spring.
Abortion activists argued that the measure is necessary to give women in rural areas better access to abortions.
However, pro-life leaders expressed strong concerns that the law will put women’s health and safety at greater risk. One study found that abortions done by non-physicians were twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.
Mills, a pro-abortion Democrat, proposed the bill herself earlier this year. In a statement, she said the law defends women’s “rights” to abortion in Maine.
“Allowing qualified and licensed medical professionals to perform abortions 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,” she said in a statement.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,836 abortions in 2015. But pro-life advocates fear the new law could lead to an increase in abortions in Maine.
Allowing nurses to abort unborn babies is one of the ways the abortion industry hopes to prop up its life-destroying business. Abortion rates are dropping and abortion clinics have been closing, in part, because fewer doctors are willing to abort unborn babies.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 1982, there were 2,918 abortion doctors practicing in America, but by 2011, there were only 1,720.
A number of abortion clinics also have closed in the past few years because abortionists retired and no one was willing to take their places, according to a 2016 Bloomberg study.
Randy K. O’Bannon, PhD., director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee, previously reported at LifeNews that abortion groups are responding to the shortage by trying to push states to allow non-doctors to do abortions and to legalize dangerous webcam abortions.
ACTION: Contact Governor Mills to complain:
Governor Janet Mills
1 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333
Tel: 207-287-3531 or Fax: 207-287-1034