Democrats Are Training An Army Of New Abortion Providers For The Post-Roe World

Democrats Are Training An Army Of New Abortion Providers For The Post-Roe World

A number of Democrat-led states are preparing to drastically expand the type of healthcare professionals who can provide abortions in response to the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, according to Politico.

Newly proposed laws in multiple states would allow individuals like nurses, midwives other non-doctors to perform abortions, Politico reports. There has been pushback from some who say the expansion will increase risk for pregnant women, but pro-abortion advocates fear clinics will otherwise become overwhelmed if red states begin outlawing abortion after the fall of Roe. 

“We saw what was happening in states adjacent to Texas, the increased wait times for appointments, and we didn’t want that to be what happens in Maryland, both for the sake of patients in Maryland and for the sake of out-of-state patients,” State Delegate Ariana Kelly of Maryland told Politico. Kelly introduced a bill which removed Maryland’s longstanding ban on anyone except a doctor providing abortions, which passed after Democrats overrode a veto from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill earlier this month allowing nurses, midwives and physician’s assistants to perform abortions. Washington also recently modified its abortion laws to clarify that non-physicians can perform abortions, and altered language in state law to refer to “pregnant individuals” instead of “women.”

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