The Maine Senate has joined the House in supporting legislation that would allow more medical providers to perform abortions.
Sen. Linda Sanborn, a Democrat from Gorham, is a retired family doctor.
“It would dramatically improve success to abortion for women who would prefer to receive care from a trusted provider in their community,” says Sanborn.
The legislation would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform abortions induced by medication as well as in-clinic abortions.
Opponents have argued that only a medical doctor is qualified to handle possible complications.
Sen. Scott Cyrway is a Republican from Benton.
“I’m afraid we are overstepping our bounds in saying a midwife can actually do abortions. What would be the difference of us voting for a veterinarian to do it.”
The bill has been endorsed by Gov. Janet Mills. If she signs it, Maine would join several states to allow providers other than physicians to perform abortions.
Correction: If Gov. Janet Mills signs the bill, Maine would join several other states, not become the 2nd state behind California.