According to a statement from the A.C.L.U. that 1979 law blocks nurse practitioners and nurse mid-wives from performing abortions.
"And that significantly limits access to care. And the data is very clear that this is well within the scope and expertise of a nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife." said Evelyn Kieltyka, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, Maine Family Planning. She said the groups considered the legislative route to change the law, but believed the current governor would have fought against it.