During 2019, legislators and Democratic states expressed their support for the abortion agenda and directed their efforts to expand their policies to the entire United States.

According to the Daily Caller, the states of New York, Virginia, Maine, Illinois, Nevada and Rhode Island, governed by Democrats, have included laws to allow anyone, whether a doctor or not, to perform a pregnancy termination. They also removed regulations that were intended to allow each woman to make an informed decision about abortion and proposed bills that would allow abortion to take place when the mother is giving birth.

For example, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Coumo signed the Reproductive Health Act in January on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (which made abortion legal in the United States since 1973). The purpose of this legislation was to remove abortion from the New York penal code, to allow people, including non-physicians, to perform abortions, and to intervene in a late term pregnancy if a woman’s health is endangered or her unborn child is not viable.

State of Virginia Democratic delegate Kathy Tran introduced in January the HB 2491 bill, which allows doctors to perform abortions while the mother is giving birth. Current state law states that second- and third-trimester abortions should only be performed to preserve the health or life of the mother. If Tran’s proposal is passed, it would also eliminate the requirement for mothers to have an ultrasound before an abortion.

In addition, this bill removes the restriction on abortions being performed in hospitals.

Shortly after the legislator introduced her bill, Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, spoke about abortion until birth and suggested that if the baby survived the abortion, then the child’s life would be up for discussion between the physician and the mother.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” he added.

Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed into law June 11 a bill allowing non-physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions.

Maine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon sponsored the legislation, which took effect in September.

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act in June, calling abortion “a fundamental right.” The law is designed to allow women from surrounding states to travel to Illinois for an abortion.

Like the state of Maine, Illinois law allows non-physicians to perform abortions. In addition, this law obligates religious and private health care organizations to perform abortions and eliminates required investigations into deaths of mothers.

The law also eliminates requirements to publicly report data on abortion, including the number of abortions performed on women or minor girls outside the state, according to a news release from the Susan B. Anthony List (a national anti-abortion network).

The Nevada Assembly passed the Nevada Women’s Trust Act, which removed a physician’s obligation to inform women about the emotional implications of abortions. Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed SB179 into law on May 31.

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law HB 5125 in June, a bill known as the Reproductive Privacy Act, which the governor called an “important and consequential bill” that allows access to abortion within the state, repealing pro-life laws, and legalizing abortion until birth.

The Reproductive Privacy Act says that Rhode Island will allow a mother to have an abortion even though the baby may survive outside the womb and that the state will allow abortions after fetal viability if the mother’s health is at risk.

The bill also repeals several chapters of Rhode Island general laws on abortion that charge doctors with murder and jail time for inducing miscarriages and declare dying admissions of women who die during abortion procedures to be used as evidence in homicides.

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