Missouri, Maine, Vermont have abortion access victories

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 12, 2019

Maine, Missouri and Vermont all passed measures or secured court victories that will help expand abortion access in their states, at least for the time being.

"Allowing qualified and licensed medical professionals to perform abortions will ensure that ME 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", Mills, a Democrat, said in a statement.

"Allowing qualified and licensed medical professionals to perform abortions will ensure that ME 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", Mills said in a statement released Monday. "'Finding any true statistics on complications of abortion (including death) is already virtually impossible because according to the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 'states and areas voluntarily report data to CDC for inclusion in its annual Abortion Surveillance Report".

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Monday permitting non-doctors to perform abortions in Maine.

ME will be the second state after California with a law allowing non-doctors to perform in-clinic abortions, according to Maine's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. Stacey Guerin previously argued while the bill was being considered.

The new law lets nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others carry out abortions.

Maine's new law expanding abortion providers adds to the current contention surrounding abortion laws and procedures in the US.

Conservatives say the move is not a victory for women or health care.

"Maine is defending the rights of women and taking a step toward equalizing access to care as other states are seeking to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate these services", the state governor said.

The law also came in the wake of lawsuits from advocacy groups and abortion clinic suing ME over its abortion provider restrictions and ban on state Medicaid funds for abortions.

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