This bill would end Maine’s outdated ban on nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians (APCs) providing abortion care in Maine. It would greatly expand access to needed reproductive health care.
The APC ban greatly restricts when and where a patient can get abortion care. As a result, some people must delay their abortion, or forgo having an abortion at all. These barriers fall hardest on people who already face systemic barriers to health care, including people of color, people living in rural areas, young people and people with low incomes.
Currently, APCs provide a wide range of health services of equal or greater complexity than abortion, including miscarriage management – which is identical to the procedure used for an early in-office abortion.
Numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association support allowing APCs to perform abortions in early pregnancy.