The Democratic Governor of Maine signed an abortion bill on Monday that allows doctors who are not doctors to carry out the trial.
Gov. Janet Mills signed the Bill on Access to Abortion, which she introduced herself. It will officially enter into force 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature in September.
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However, the law is criticized because it extends the list of professionals who could perform an abortion. Critics say this may make the process less secure.
"Extending entitlement to perform an abortion does not increase the safety of the procedure," said Senator Stacey Guerin of the Republican State.
"An extension of the right to perform an abortion does not increase the safety of the procedure.
Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, also repeated the safety concerns and told the New Yorker in times when it is unclear whether nurses and other health professionals be sufficiently trained at the time of entry into force of the law to perform abortions approaching an abortion service.
In most states, only physicians perform abortions, but in Maine, nurses, nurses are now admitted to nurse-midwives who provide abortifacient drugs and perform abortions in the clinic.
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Maine will be the second state after California to allow non-doctors to perform abortions in the clinic, according to the Maines Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. Almost two dozen states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have expanded their list of providers of abortion drugs following judicial or regulatory decisions.
Proponents of the bill say abortion is one of the safest medical procedures and the limitation of who they can perform procedures are outdated.
"States across the country, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have already lifted this outdated restriction on abortion care," said Sara Gideon, spokesperson for the Maine House of Representatives. "This law allows women to receive the care they need from a provider they trust and eliminates the financial and logistical hurdles they face today." in their states after a series of pro-life measures in red states, especially in Alabama, where abortion was banned after six weeks.
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"Maine Defends Rights The state governor said that the law had also been passed following processes of interest groups and abortion as other states are trying Clinic sued Maine for abortion restrictions and prohibition of state Medicaid monies for abortions.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.