Democrats Kill Bills That Would Have Given Rights to Fetuses, Changed Abortion Requirements

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Democrats Kill Bills That Would Have Given Rights to Fetuses, Changed Abortion Requirements


Cousins, Christopher, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)


AUGUSTA, Maine -- Two abortion-related bills and a third giving legal rights to fetuses, which drew more than six hours of public testimony Thursday, were rejected Friday by a majority of lawmakers on the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.

For the most part, Democrats said little during the work session before seven of the party's eight members on the committee voted to recommend against the three bills, which the majority party saw as efforts to limit reproductive choice in Maine. Four of five Republicans on the committee voted in support of each measure.

LD 760, An Act Regarding Informed Consent to an Abortion, would require doctors and health care workers to provide information about alternatives to abortion and remove a requirement in current law that the woman request the information to receive it.

Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, said the testimony of two people on Thursday who said they they had decided against abortions without much time to spare made an impression.

"Someone went right up to the wire to have an abortion and for some various reasons they chose not to," said Burns. "They were able to get more information and have time to think and get informed on the issue. Because those circumstances were in place, we have two lives."

Rep. Stacey K. Guerin, R-Glenburn, rejected arguments that were made Thursday by opponents of the bill that it was meant to shame or coerce women considering abortions.

"There's no possible way we are trying to hurt anyone," said Guerin. "We're trying to help them make a good decision."

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, offered a compromise Friday that would have made the bill's only stipulation be that a woman could view an ultrasound, if one was taken, before making a decision about having an abortion.

"One of the key components was to ensure a woman's undeniable right to see her ultrasound," Susan Leighton of Maine Right to Life said by phone Friday. "I would have hoped there was a greater spirit of compromise."

After all the votes were collected Friday afternoon, the tally was 8-5 in favor of an "ought not to pass" recommendation to the Legislature. Those voting against that recommendation included Burns, Guerin, Rep. Jarrod Crockett, R-Bethel, Rep. Anita Peavey Haskell, R-Milford, and Democratic Sen. John Tuttle of Sanford. On the other side were the committee's Democrats plus Rep. Michael Beaulieu, R-Auburn.

The vote on LD 1339, An Act to Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons, was the same. …

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