A sign of desperation

A sign of desperation

A sign of desperation

A pro-life nurse details some of the problems surrounding a proposal in Hawaii to let non-doctors perform abortions.

States like California and New York are among those that currently allow non-doctors like nurses and midwives to terminate preborn babies. Now, barely a year after Hawaii began allowing nurses to abort first-trimester unborn babies, the state Senate Health Committee has voted to advance legislation to allow nurses to do even more dangerous second-trimester abortions.

LifeNews.com reports that state Senate Bill 2282 would amend the 2021 law to allow advanced practice registered nurses to do aspiration and drug-induced abortions on unborn babies up to viability. Currently, the law limits nurses to doing first-trimester abortions.

Valko, Nancy (National Association of Prolife Nurses) Valko

Nancy Valko, spokeswoman for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses, understands why the state is moving in that direction.

"Most OB/GYNs don't want to do it," she asserts. "Most nurses don't want to do it, and I think they're getting desperate. They really need to shore it up and make it as easy as possible."

Valko contends that the viability section of the measure is extremely vague.

"They talk about a non-viable pregnancy … and non-viability is actually defined as a baby with no possibility of survival. Those babies sometimes can survive," Valko points out.

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 weeks is the age of viability. However, more and more babies 21-23-weeks along are surviving outside the womb. Valko even cites a case in which a baby born at 18 weeks and concludes that there is no way to effectively draw that line.