"Allowing qualified and licensed medical professionals to perform abortions will ensure that ME women, especially those in rural areas, are able to access critical reproductive health care services when and where they need them from qualified providers they know and trust", Mills, a Democrat, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a bill Monday passed by state lawmakers in May that states abortion is a "fundamental right" and also protects the right to contraception, sterilization and family planning.
According to the governor's statement, seven other states allow some non-doctor medical professionals to perform abortions. Stacey Guerin has said.
California expanded its authorization for abortion providers in 2013, with legislation saying nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants with training could perform abortions.
She added that the legislation is more about politics as there's no evidence that women in ME are experiencing problems in getting abortion services due to proximity.
"Planned Parenthood claims to champion women's health care, but here's their president praising ME for legislation that allows *non-doctors* to perform abortions", National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis said in a tweet.
Fox News reported ME will be the second state after California with a law allowing non-doctors to perform in-clinic abortions, according to Maine's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. Almost two dozen states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, have expanded their list of abortion-medication providers following court or agency rulings. "This law will allow women to receive the care they need from a provider they trust and eliminate the financial and logistical hurdles they face today".
The measure is the latest at the state level dealing with abortion with many states expanding access to abortions, and others placing tougher restrictions on them.
Conley also disputed the idea that the law was responding to actual evidence that any residents of rural ME were unable to obtain abortions.