Hard on the heels of the pending public funding on abortion legislation, discussed here, we have LD1261, An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions, introduced 14 March 2019 (yesterday, as of this post). It expands those who can perform abortions to include physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The bill is a “Governor’s Bill”, pushed by the new Governor, Janet Mills. The sponsor is the current Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon. Co-sponsors are here. The text is here. The relevant passage is this:
1596. Abortion and miscarriage data
1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Abortion" means the intentional interruption of a pregnancy by the application of external agents, whether chemical or physical, or the ingestion of chemical agents with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus, regardless of the length of gestation.
B. "Miscarriage" means an interruption of a pregnancy other than as provided in paragraph A of a fetus of less than 20 weeks gestation.
C. "Health care professional" means a physician or physician assistant licensed under Title 32, chapter 36 or 48 or a person licensed under Title 32, chapter 31 to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse.
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Expect more of this, folks, on the front end of life, and on the back end.