The authoritarian left is determined to make it as easy as possible to end the life of a fetus, largely because they don’t think there’s anything wrong with killing helpless babies in the womb. They started by giving doctors legal permission to perform abortions. However, they recently realized that there aren’t enough qualified doctors willing to murder babies still in the womb in some states, and as a result, they’re now moving on to the second phase of their abortion plan, which involves giving midwives and nurses the same legal permission that doctors have to slaughter the unborn, using a lawsuit.
For example, in Maine, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England earlier this week challenging a state law that prohibits everyone except doctors from performing abortions. They want the law to be changed to include midwives and nurses because they claim there’s no medical reason to justify preventing them from terminating a pregnancy.
Specifically, in their lawsuit, they stated, “Maine statutes single out abortion as the only form of healthcare that [advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)] are expressly prohibited from providing. This restriction is both out of step with the State’s treatment of comparable health care services and medically unjustified.”
To clarify, they added, “despite the proven safety of abortion care and the proven ability of APRNs to provide such care safely and effectively, the State of Maine prohibits, under threat of criminal prosecution, anyone other than a licensed physician from providing abortion services. The State does not single out any other health care services beyond an APRN’s scope of practice—only abortion,” noting, “this restriction, which imposes severe burdens on women seeking abortions, violates federal constitutional guarantees of privacy and equal protection.”
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Planned Parenthood released a statement defending their decision to sue. “This law significantly restricts patient access to abortion services in Maine, and prevents some Maine women from receiving an abortion from their regular primary and gynecological care provider,” they explained.
“Today, while medication abortion is available via telemedicine in some cases, there are only three publicly accessible health centers in Maine where a woman can get an in-clinic abortion. If this medically unjustified restriction [in Maine law] is blocked, that number will increase to at least eighteen locations across this large, rural state,” they continued, noting, “some women living in northern Maine [currently] have to make a more than six-hour round-trip to Bangor for an abortion, even though there is a qualified, experienced [nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner] in their community ready to provide this care.”
While speaking with reporters, Amy Cookson, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, added, “since the Supreme Court ruled in ‘Whole Woman’s Health’ that laws restricting access to abortion must be grounded in protecting the health and safety of women, there’s now [a] precedent to challenge medically unnecessary abortion restrictions like Maine’s physician-only law.”
However, if the restrictions against nurses and midwives are lifted, then it’ll be easier for women to get an abortion, putting the lives of countless unborn people at risk. Because of this, numerous pro-life activists, like Teresa McCann-Tumidajski, the Executive Director of Maine Right to Life, which is an anti-abortion group, oppose the lawsuit.
“We are against violence inside and outside the womb. We don’t want to open up new avenues of access to abortion,” argued McCann-Tumidajski, who added that since abortion is an “elective procedure,” easy access isn’t necessary.
Conservatives must not allow abortion activists in Maine to make it possible for midwives and nurses to slaughter the unborn. This is because, if they’re successful in changing the law, the number of places where a woman could go to terminate her pregnancy would increase drastically, jeopardizing the potential lives of countless unborn humans.