Maine Democrats push bill to allow non-physicians to commit abortions

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Maine’s House Speaker Sara Gideon and Governor Janet Mills, both Democrats, are introducing a bill that will allow non-physicians to commit abortions. The bill, LD 1261, is limited to nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and certified nurse-midwives, and it supporters claim it is needed to remove “barriers” preventing women from finding abortionists.

Mills, who was formerly the state’s attorney general, previously tried to pass the legislation, but failed. This time, however, the bill is expected to pass, as Democrats hold majorities in both the House and the Senate. “Every woman in Maine should be able to access reproductive health care when and where she needs it, regardless of her zip code,” Mills said in a statement. “Allowing advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform medication-administered abortions, which are already permitted in other states, will ensure Maine women, especially in rural areas of our state, can access reproductive health care services.”

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Gideon, the co-sponsor of the bill, meanwhile argued that it was needed so that women living in rural areas can have access to abortion. And, unsurprisingly, the bill has the support of Planned Parenthood, which has led women to believe that the abortion pill is safer than Tylenol. It isn’t. But because half of U.S. states don’t even require the reporting of abortion complications, women are left utterly in the dark as to how risky the abortion pill can be:


If the bill passes, Maine will be one of just a small handful of states allowing non-physicians to commit abortions. Currently, 42 states requires women to see licensed physicians, yet Planned Parenthood has long been agitating to have that requirement overturned across the country. But what is driving this desire to allow non-physicians to commit abortion?

The industry and its supporters have long been lamenting the lack of doctors willing to participate in abortion, leaving increasingly fewer abortionists available. This has led to a proliferation of so-called “circuit riders,” or abortionists who travel from one facility to another, even from state to state. Meanwhile, abortionists complain that they are not respected by the medical community, are seen as “dirty,” and are made to feel “irrelevant.” Young doctors are not often willing to learn how to commit abortions. Medical students who do take on the training have stated they are shunned.

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It is likely that this perceived shortage is a primary reason that the abortion industry wants to allow non-physicians to commit abortions. People committed to saving lives don’t often want to be part of an industry whose sole purpose is taking them.

Women who have taken the abortion pill expecting it to be similar to a period have instead described it as terrifying and as the worst pain they’ve ever felt. Some women have bled for weeks after taking the abortion pill.

Editor’s Note: Women who have taken the first medication of the abortion pill regimen may still have a chance to reverse the abortion process. Visit for more information. 

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