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Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights have brought a lawsuit on behalf of Montana nurses. Challenging the state abortion law.

State law currently says abortions can only be performed by doctors and physician assistants. The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Right's suit argues qualified nurses and midwives are also capable performing abortions, so the law should reflect that. 

"There's a lot of medical studies that show APRNs can provide abortions just as safely as physicians and physician's assistants. In fact the research is uniform on that front and the major leading medical organizations all agree on this point and the FDA agrees on that as well," said Caitlin Borgman, Executive Director for ACLU Montana.

The two plaintiffs in the case are Helen Weems, who is a certified nurse practitioner out of Whitefish and a certified nurse midwife identified as Jane Doe. Borgman argues that without these nurses service, women in these rural areas could be put at a health risk.

 

"Having access to this healthcare is really important. And in a large, rural state like Montana where its so difficult to access it, it can only be helpful to expand the pool of qualified providers that can provide safe abortion care," said Borgman.

According to Borgman, 93 percent of Montana's 56 counties lack an abortion provider, meaning 55 percent of Montanans are without those services, having to travel 180 miles or more just to reach an abortion clinic.

"This law is outdated and i hope that we have moved past this," said Borgman.

This isn't the first time a case like this has been seen in the Treasure State. The Montana Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that a patient should ultimately be able to obtain medical procedures-including abortions- from the healthcare professionals of their choice.



 

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