Jun 11, 2019

Maine expands abortion providers list to include non-doctors

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill into law on Monday that makes it easier to get an abortion by allowing medical professionals who are not doctors to perform the procedure.

Why it matters: The move to allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to perform abortions or prescribe pregnancy-ending drugs may increase access. It comes after more than 250 bills restricting abortion partially or completely have been filed in 41 states in 2019, according to Planned Parenthood.

Maine is defending the rights of women and taking a step towards equalizing access to care as other states are seeking to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate these services."
— Gov. Janet Mills statement

The other side: Critics told AP they're concerned that people who aren't doctors lack the training to handle rare but serious complications from abortion procedures, such as hemorrhages.

What's next: The law is due to come into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, expected in mid-June, according to AP.

The big picture: Another bill that would allow state funding for abortions for Medicaid recipients at an estimated cost of $375,000 a year is before the Maine legislature’s appropriations committee for funding consideration, per AP.

Go deeper: Where abortion restrictions stand: The states that have passed laws

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Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response

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There is growing concern among top conservative leaders that the Trump administration isn't addressing the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus, several sources tell Axios. One top adviser said if the recovery is bungled it could cost President Trump the election.

What we're hearing: "The next 4-8 weeks is really going to decide whether Trump gets reelected," Stephen Moore, Trump's former nominee for the Federal Reserve board, told Axios. If the administration mishandles its economic recovery efforts, he said, Trump is "in big trouble."

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,600,427 — Total deaths: 95,506 — Total recoveries: 354,006Map.
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  3. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under a CDC public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — After another 6.6 million jobless claims, here's how to understand the scale of American job decimation.
  5. 2020 latest: Top conservative leaders are concerned the Trump administration isn't addressing the virus' long-term economic impact.
  6. States latest: FEMA has asked governors to decide if they want testing sites to be under state or federal control.
  7. World latest: Lockdowns have led to a decline in murders in some of the world's most violent countries — Boris Johnson is moved out of the ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  8. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
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Federal court temporarily blocks coronavirus order against some abortions

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images

A federal judge ruled Thursday that clinics in Texas can immediately offer medication abortions — a pregnancy termination method administered by pill — and can also provide the procedure to patients nearing the state's time limits for abortions.

Driving the news: The decision comes after federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday in favor of an executive order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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