Planned Parenthood has sued the state of Idaho claiming that the state’s law requiring that only licensed physicians be allowed to perform abortions is unconstitutional.
Planned Parenthood reasons that other medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse midwives, are just as medically qualified to abort babies as physicians, and opening up the requirement to include non-doctors would make abortion more available in not only rural areas but across the state as a whole.
Currently, only eight states and the District of Columbia allow abortions to be performed by non-doctors, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood.
Because of the constitutional amendment approved by Tennessee voters in 2014 limiting the right to abortion, Tennessee’s Legislature has been able to pass more stringent regulation on abortion, such as limiting the procedure to be performed by licensed physicians, which is helping to ensure the safety of pregnant women.
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