By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow, March 27, 2018
Some states allow nurses to perform abortions but a lingering question is whether they are willing to do so under pressure from abortion advocates.
A report issued recently by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine claims abortions are easy to do and the risks almost non-existent, which implies that nurses, not just physicians, should be able to terminate the unborn.
Nancy Valco, a registered nurse and spokesman for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses, calls that a “shame” to push nurses to perform abortions.
“And as far as nurses performing it,” she says, “there was a 2013 study done in California that actually showed twice the complication rate for people who are not doctors doing abortions.”
There are many doctors who refuse to perform abortions, too, and both doctors and nurses have rights of conscience and religious beliefs about the sanctity of life.
Valco says she personally knows U.S. doctors who oppose abortion, and refuse to do referrals, yet there is a push to force them to do so.
Despite a British law upholding freedom of conscience in medicine, LifeSiteNews reported in a 2016 story that an official parliamentary inquiry found British doctors and nurses have faced hostility from their peers, and loss of advancement, for refusing to be involved in abortions.
Meanwhile, five states currently permit nurses, or midwives, to do abortions: California, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont.
There is a concerted campaign, she warns, to legalize it nationwide