Gov. Janet Mills signed an abortion bill into law on Monday night, allowing medical professionals to perform abortions.
“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, according to Fox News.
In addition to legalizing medically assisted suicide, Maine will become the second state after California to allow non-doctors to perform the procedure in-clinic. The bill will come into law within 90 days after the Legislature adjourns in September.
According to the New York Times, three cities in Maine will also offer publicly accessible aspiration abortions, which is abortion by suction.
Many critics of the bill are concerned about women’s health with this new law. “Expanding who is allowed to perform an abortion does not expand the safety of the procedure,” Republican state Sen. Stacey Guerin said.
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Source: Christian Headlines