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Radical Maine bill that would make abortion legal throughout pregnancy on pro-abortion governor’s desk

by | Jun 28, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Maine, solidly under the thumb of pro-abortion Democrats, is on the precipice of enacting legislation that authorizes abortion until birth.

The House passed LD 1619, which pro-abortion Gov. Janet Mills introduced, by a razor-thin 73-69 margin shortly after 9 pm. Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that the vote was not nearly as close in the senate. Lawmakers quickly voted 21-13 to pass it with a minor amendment, and then sent it back to the House.

“After it goes back to the Senate for a final enactment vote, Mills will be able to sign her measure into law,” Billy Kobin reported for the Bangor Daily News. The bill will “allow doctors to perform abortions they deem necessary after Maine’s viability cutoff of around 24 weeks.” [Emphasis added.]

“In January, Mills unveiled the bills along with other abortion-rights measures after the Democrat said during her 2022 reelection campaign she wanted no changes to existing abortion laws,” Kobin wrote.

Karen Vachon, executive director of Maine Right to Life, said Gov. Mills is returning a favor to the Planned Parenthood abortion chain, which “spent millions buying elections in Maine and around the country.”

“Pro-abortion leaders have lied repeatedly about their true intention,” Vachon said. “During the campaign in 2022, they were content with the law the way it was. In January, they announced they would propose a narrow expansion to address specific instances of tragic fetal disease and debilitation. Now they’ve moved the goal post once again, proposing abortion on demand, with no limitations to the point of birth.”

Emotions ran very high. According to FOX 23 Maine, during an emotional Senate debate, state Sen. Eric Brakey hammered Democrats for claiming that aborting viable, late-term babies is “necessary,” 

“It basically allows for the abortion of a baby in the third trimester for any reason whatsoever, with no guardrails except for a physician has to sign off that it’s necessary. Necessary for what purpose? They never really explain,” Brakey said.

“Pandering to the abortion lobby by tying a tragic medical diagnosis and abortion of an unborn baby to push unlimited abortion is a new low,” said Vachon. “Instead of abortion, mothers and fathers in circumstances involving a fatal diagnosis for their unborn child should be given options such a perinatal hospice and grief counseling.”

Continued Vachon “No child with a disability or fatal condition deserves to die a horrible and painful death because they have a disability or will die at a future time.”

Vachon added that currently, “there are no laws in Maine preventing abortions after viability. The only limitation is that abortions done after 20 weeks are most often done by abortionists who specialize in taking the life of an unborn child after viability. These abortionists are found only in a handful of states.”

The drama was intense; the vote was so close that voting was kept open so that pro-abortion Democrats come back to vote.

According to Vachon

The bill has drawn passionate and at-times graphic debate since. Maine’s Catholic bishop called it “radical and extreme,” and in early May hundreds of opponents of the bill — along with a smaller number of abortion-rights advocates — filled the State House for a hearing that ran 19 hours.

On Tuesday, smaller but still sizable crowds featuring mostly opponents of the bill but several supporters were lining the hallways of the State House and filling the House gallery, with some joining along with Rep. Jim Thorne, R-Carmel, as he recited the Lord’s Prayer for his floor speech.

In the hours leading up to the vote, anti-abortion onlookers in the hallway chanted “kill the bill,” sang hymns and prayed together.

And pro-abortion Democrats, emboldened by their victory, have other items on the verge of enactment. Vachon writes

While Republican-backed bills to restrict abortion access have failed this session, several other abortion-rights proposals from Democrats have cleared both chambers, including bills to prevent Maine cities and towns from restricting abortion in their jurisdictions, require private insurers to cover abortion services and prevent medical malpractice insurers from taking action against abortion providers based on anti-abortion laws in other states.

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