In a “stealth” move that would put women’s lives in jeopardy, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to begin allowing nurses and midwives to abort first-trimester unborn babies soon.
Immediately afterward, Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, slammed the governor and New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners for disregarding women’s and babies’ lives.
“Contrary to the NJ Board of Medical Examiners’ false assertions, abortion is not a safe procedure and these proposed rules which allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester and allow them to be performed in an office setting regardless of gestational age are sure to place women’s lives and health in danger,” Tasy told LifeNews.com.
Murphy’s office announced the changes Monday after the medical examiners board voted to advance the plans, CBS 2 New York reports. Soon, nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants may be allowed to do first-trimester aspiration abortions in addition to medical, or drug-induced abortions, in New Jersey.
The governor, a pro-abortion Democrat, sought to expand who may perform abortions through the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act. The radical pro-abortion bill also would have legalized the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth. However, the bill met strong public opposition, and the legislature did not pass it.
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Tasy accused Murphy of using a “backdoor plan” to get his pro-abortion agenda passed anyway.
“This was obviously a stealth, backdoor plan to circumvent the legislative process and the reluctance by the legislature to pass Governor Murphy’s radical Freedom to Kill bill,” she said.
According to New Jersey 101.5, the state Board of Medical Examiners said the requirement that abortions be performed by doctors is “medically unnecessary.”
The board also voted to eliminate a regulation requiring that abortions after 14 weeks be performed in a hospital — even though abortion practitioners readily admit that later-term abortions are more dangerous for the mother.
On Monday, Murphy expressed fears that Roe v. Wade will be overturned as he peddled the abortion expansion to the public.
“At a time when our country is on the verge of severely limiting access to reproductive health care, New Jersey is prioritizing the expansion of these critical services,” he said in a statement. “Removing outdated barriers to care ensures that all New Jerseyans have equitable access to reproductive health care.”
But pro-life leaders said the billion-dollar abortion industry is the real beneficiary, not women.
“The rules certainly don’t protect women, but instead protect those who shamefully seek to make a profit off of the bodies of women and the death of innocent children,” Tasy told LifeNews.com. “Through their actions, 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.”
A 2013 California study found that abortions done by non-physicians were twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.
States that allow nurse practitioners and midwives to abort unborn babies include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Virginia and Vermont.
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.