New Jersey could allow nurse practitioners and midwives to kill unborn babies in surgical abortions if new rules proposed Tuesday by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners go into effect.
The state medical board voted unanimously in favor of the proposed changes to state abortion regulations in September, and, on Tuesday, it published them online for public comment.
“We need to flood the NJ Board of Medical Examiners with our comments opposing these changes on or before March 5,” Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, said in an email to supporters. “The studies they name in their Rule Proposal to justify the changes are clearly biased studies funded by wealthy abortion supporters. Contrary to their claims, these changes in no way make abortion safer for women.”
The proposed changes would repeal a state rule that requires first-trimester surgical abortions to be performed by licensed physicians and another that requires abortions after 14 weeks to be done in a hospital or ambulatory surgical facility.
NJ.com reports the proposal also would change the definition of an “early aspiration abortion” to a “minor medical procedure” that does not require anesthesia.
These changes mean advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and midwives would be allowed to abort unborn babies in the first trimester in aspiration abortions, according to a news release. These medical workers already are allowed to do medication abortions in New Jersey.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a pro-abortion Democrat, praised the proposed changes in a statement, saying it will “modernize New Jersey’s outdated regulations and barriers to reproductive health care.”
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also supports the changes as does Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion group that aborts more than 345,000 unborn babies each year.
But Tasy said the changes will not help women, and the board made “false assertions … based on biased studies.”
“The NJ Board of Medical Examiners has clearly forfeited their credibility as an independent agency whose paramount responsibility is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare,” Tasy said. “The rules certainly don’t protect women, but instead protect those who shamefully seek to make a profit from the bodies of women and the death of innocent children.”
Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who now is pro-life, described an aspiration abortion, or D&C, at AbortionProcedures.com:
… a suction catheter is inserted into the mother’s uterus to extract the preborn baby. Tools are then used to scrape the lining of the uterus to remove any remaining parts. This procedure is performed during the first trimester, typically during five and thirteen weeks LMP (that is five to thirteen weeks after the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period).
In 2015, California passed a law allowing non-doctors to do medication abortions, and several other states followed. These laws passed despite research showing that abortions done by non-physicians are twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.
These changes are another way the abortion industry hopes to prop up its life-destroying business. Abortion rates are dropping and abortion clinics have been closing partly because fewer doctors are willing to abort unborn babies.
In a similar vein, the abortion industry also has been fighting against conscience protections for medical professionals who oppose abortions.
According to Guttmacher, in 1982, there were 2,918 abortion doctors practicing in America, but by 2011, there were only 1,720. A number of abortion clinics closed in the past few years because abortionists retired and no one was willing to take their places, according to a 2016 Bloomberg study.
ACTION ALERT: Read the proposed changes and submit comments here. Comments also may be sent to William V. Roeder, Executive Director, State Board of Medical Examiners, PO Box 183, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0183.