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Planned Parenthood wants midwives and nurses to get in on the abortion action

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A lawsuit by Planned Parenthood against the State of Alaska and State Board of Nursing claims the prohibition against nurses and midwives performing abortions is an illegal barrier for women seeking to end their pregnancies.

Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying that state law and the Board of Nursing provide no justification for barring nurse practitioners and midwives from performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in other parts of the nation have filed 11 similar lawsuits against states that restrict abortion procedures to licensed physicians. It’s part of the Planned Parenthood attempt to expand abortion across the 50 states during a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is more balanced than it has been for years.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has replaced all but one of the members of the Board of Nursing, and the executive director was replaced after the Legislature made a scathing report about the board’s poor performance.

The new Board of Nursing is decidedly more conservative than the board appointed by Gov. Bill Walker, who also had attempted to appoint a Planned Parenthood employee to the Board of Midwives. The entire Board of Nursing is named in the lawsuit.

[Read: Walker appoints Planned Parenthood veterans to Midwives Board]

Planned Parenthood says the rights of women are being violated because abortions can only be performed by physicians.

The abortion industry group wants others in the medical profession to be able to perform what they call “low-risk aspiration procedures,” which are, in fact, the most common type of abortion procedure.

Those procedures are generally done with a syringe or mechanical vacuum up to 12 weeks after the last menstrual cycle, when a baby has most of his or her vital organs and systems fully formed. The baby, which in its 12th week is about the size of a kiwi, cannot survive outside the womb. The basic brain structure is complete by week 12. The baby spends the rest of its gestation maturing those organs to be prepared for birth.

There were 1,283 abortions reported in Alaska in 2018, up from 1,255 reported the previous year. 98 percent of those abortions were performed by the 13th week of gestation, according to the annual report from the Department of Health and Social Services.

Planned Parenthood has an active training program in Washington and Hawaii to help non-doctors enter the field of abortion services, since fewer physicians are interested in entering the field.

Laws that allow for physician-only abortions were put in place across the nation after Roe v. Wade to protect the health of the surviving mother from untrained and unlicensed abortion providers. Now, a handful of states allow advanced nurse practitioners and others to perform early-stage abortions.

In Alaska, where there are so few abortions performed, having an out-of-practice nurse or midwife perform an abortion on occasion may actually introduce new risks, critics say.

The lawsuit joins a long list of others filed by those opposing the Dunleavy Administration and its conservative mandate from voters. Another lawsuit regarding abortion is claiming Gov. Dunleavy’s veto of funding to the court system over its abortion mandates is illegal.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Never in my life can I justify all that is being said and done about abortion! Anyone who is in their right mind say this is a right, how can you live with yourself?

  • Well, there ought to just be a penis tax. Look at how much money guys are saving in child support. That’s the bottom line, right? People get abortions to save money, right?

  • In an emergency when seconds count would they even be in a hospital? If anyone really cared about women this would NEVER be allowed.

  • Most of Alaska is rural. This is a specialized procedure. The patient needs to be in a safe environment with trained caregivers ready for any complications. Also, you need to correct your article regarding the BON. All the members have now been replaced. I was the last one to get the voicemail from a minion (little yellow child character) saying “thank you for you service but you are not needed anymore.”

  • I find this ironic coming from a group that complained about ‘back alley abortions.’ Now it sounds like they’re promoting them. Leftists becoming anti-science, inventing genders that no one has ever heard of before, and now they’re becoming the party against doctors!

    • Tom, that is because they keep changing the narrative…again, and again, and again. This happens until they get what they want. It never has to actually make any sense.

  • Stands to reason for the left, it seems. There are many more midwives and nurses than doctors. That will make abortions more easily available. Plus the income generated for those ‘almost’ qualified medical professionals. More for the left at the cost of human life. The leftist claim the right to other peoples money for this abomination, no matter if ‘other people’ agree or not. The left claims the ‘right’ to most every inane position they can dream up, along with financing from those that disagree. The conservatives are left with nothing but orts, fallen from the table of the liberal feast on America. Wake up America/Alaska. The writing’s on the wall.

  • So we’re talking about a Bounty On Babies, a “BOB”.
    Seems like a creative soul could do something with social media pics, t-shirts, plastic bags… some sort of illustration… Planned Parenthood logo superimposed over a baby, himself encircled with the diagonal slash, the universally understood “don’t”… maybe an “Ask me about BOB” at the bottom.
    Maybe a public-service announcement… the cry with which newborns greet their world suddenly cut off by a flush of the appropriate plumbing, ending with “brought to you by BOB. a product of your Planned Parenthood…”
    Gentle Readers, the BOB exists because our culture allows it to exist, we allow it to exist. Okay, we were busy trying to make a living and raise a family; we didn’t realize what the infanticidal Left were up to, but now we know.
    What if we decide it’s time for a change?

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