Maine Now Lets Nurse Practitioners Perform Abortions
Maine currently has only three clinics where women
can obtain abortion care. The bill,
L.D. 1261, allows non-physician health professionals to prescribe abortion medication, known as ”
the abortion pill,” and offer in-clinic terminations. Eight other states currently have similar laws in place.
Research has shown that nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants are able to provide the same level of safe abortion care as physicians. Abortions are already an extremely safe procedure: According to research, the risk of major complications on first-trimester terminations is less than 0.5%. (First-trimester abortions make up 91% of all terminations.) In fact,
the risk of dying in childbirth is 14 times higher than the risk of dying from an abortion.