Planned Parenthood Wants Maine to Allow Nurse Practitioners, Midwives to Perform Abortions

PORTLAND, Maine — A New England chapter of the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge a Maine law that only permits physicians to perform abortions as the group believes that nurse practitioners and midwives should also be able to kill unborn babies.

The suit, filed in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several nurse practitioners, asserts that Maine’s “Physician-Only Law” “imposes severe burdens on women seeking abortions” because in some cases they have to travel a significant distance to have their child’s life ended.

“At both Maine Family Planning and PPNNE, the delays resulting from the Physician-Only law are often exacerbated by the time it takes patients to raise money for the procedure (which, because of delays caused by the Physician-Only law, may be more expensive) and for travel to the procedure (which, because of the Physician-Only law, may be far longer and more expensive),” it states.

“As a result of the lengthy travel distances the Physician-Only law imposes, some women are simply unable to obtain an abortion and are instead forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will,” the suit asserts.

The groups further contend that the poor are most affected by the regulation, since there are three abortion facilities in the state and they do not have the funds to travel.

“Plaintiffs’ poor and low-income patients routinely tell them that they do not have, and will not be able to find, the money they need to travel to a clinic in a different city for abortion care,” the lawsuit outlines.

The legal challenge, in asserting that abortion is safer than carrying a pregnancy to term, says that allowing APRNs and midwives to perform first trimester abortions would make abortion more readily available to women.

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“If not for the Physician-Only law, the number of Maine communities where aspiration abortion care is available would increase from three to eighteen, including Belfast, Calais, Ellsworth, Farmington, Fort Kent, Lewiston, Machias, Norway, Presque Isle, Rockland, Rumford, Sanford, Skowhegan, Topsham, and Waterville,” it states.

“If the Physician-Only law were invalidated, abortion care would be available in Maine six days of theweek, for longer hours (including evenings), and typically in five or more locations on any given day,” the suit continues. “This expanded access would dramatically reduce delays and the associated medical, emotional, and financial harm that women in Maine are experiencing as a result of the Physician-Only law.”

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England are seeking a declaration that the law is unconstitutional, as well as an injunction against its enforcement.

However, pro-life groups in the state said that abortion access should not be expanded as mothers should not be provided with additional avenues to kill their children.

“We are against violence inside and outside the womb,” Teresa McCann-Tumidajski, executive director of Maine Right to Life, told the Portland Press-Herald. “We don’t want to open up new avenues of access to abortion.”

In an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia OB/GYN Hugh Lennox Hodge explained that if a woman were to come to a medical doctor in pursuit of an abortion, “he must, as it were, grasp the conscience of his weak and erring patient and let her know in language not to be misunderstood that she is responsible to her Creator for the life of the being within her.”

“The procuring abortion is ‘a base and unmanly act,’” Hodge also said, quoting in part text from a court ruling of his day. “It is a crime against the natural feelings of man, against the welfare and safety of females, against the peace and prosperity of society, against the divine command ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ It is murder.”


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  • mr goody two shoes

    Well I want the US government
    to do away with planned parent hood. I would like to see Not a trace of any of them above ground and living .

    • Evermyrtle

      While I agree 100%, I love precious little babies and hate to think of ever deliberately harming one, to say nothing about murdering them, but think of the future liberals abortion would be murdering, who if surviving, will likely be murdering their own!!!!! The evil never ends, only grow worse as millions are murdered, every year!!

  • Musky

    I’m wondering when they’ll start going door to door like Jehovah’s Witnesses?
    “Hello, are you pregnant? We can end that for you, right now! You interested?”

  • bowie1

    Perhaps they will soon expect np’s and midwives to perform surgeries, diagnosis illnesses and prescribe medication all with limited medical training (sarcasm).

    • Dorrie

      They already are doing those things. My primary care is a NP.

      • bowie1

        Then why would doctors spend a lot of money going to med school if they can hire you possible for less cost??

        • Tangent002

          NPs allow for a physician to services a wider patient base.

    • Tangent002

      “Maine law gives advanced practice registered nurses (“APRNs”) broad authority to provide a wide range of health care services, including the authority to prescribe medications and perform procedures whose complexity and risk are comparable to, or greater than, those of first-trimester abortion.”

  • james blue

    The ruling should be based on medical safety alone. If there is no risk difference between a doctor or a trained NP then I see no medical reason for the law.

  • manyhorses

    Wowsers! abortion is an ‘unmanly act’ sure is, no man ever was pregnant or abortion would be Sacred.

  • tarheelchick

    So, if the Physician-Only law is invalidated, will midwives and nurse practitioners be required to perform abortions against the dictates of their consciences?

  • Maggietish

    Obviously Planned Parenthood don’t believe that they have slaughtered enough babies and they want to extend their other reign of terror against the unborn. So economics for Planned Parenthood and more than likely they need some additional body parts to sell as they’ve made a habit of doing. No American taxpayer’s dollars should go to Planned Parenthood which is nothing but a butcher shop who does nothing but abortions upon demand. There should be an investigation into how much money Planned Parenthood contributes to the elections of the Democrats and whether any of that money is the money they receive from the taxpayers. If so, that has to immediately end. No taxpayers should be forced to support this butcher shop with Planned Parenthood and the Democrats who do all they can to support them just so they can get additional monies, paid by the taxpayers, for their own campaigns.

  • Beatme

    Abortion is murder.If you don’t want your baby give it to a family that does It’s called adoption.