CV NEWS FEED // Maine is about to enact a bill that will legalize abortions for any reason and throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
Maine Governor Janet Mills is expected to sign the bill, entitled “An Act to Improve Maine’s Reproductive Privacy Laws”, later this week. This goes against her pre-election promise not to support the bill, which passed by a 21-13 vote in the Senate and 73-69 in the House.
Maine currently allows abortions up to a 24-week viability threshold. After this, the state allows for exceptions for the life of the mother or if the infant has received a fatal diagnosis.
When the bill is signed into law, almost all existing abortion restrictions will be lifted.
Planned Parenthood had a large role in the bill’s passage. The nation’s largest abortion provider spent over $800,000 during the 2022 election cycle backing Mils and Democrats in the legislature.
In addition to legalizing the murder of healthy babies up until the day of their birth, the state senate blocked an amendment that would have put a four-year moratorium on the sale of the murdered babies’ body parts.
The senate voted to indefinitely dismiss this amendment, effectively killing it. Without it, there are no regulations governing how a facility must treat the murdered infants’ bodies, opening the door for commercial trafficking in human body parts.
While abortion clinics deny any connection between abortion and fetal tissue research, “fetal remains have been a sought-after source of tissue for medical research, including STEM cell research.”
“If this legislation to legalize abortion up to the point of birth is to go into law, the least we can do is to establish this moratorium on the trafficking of fetal body parts so that the legislature can thoughtfully consider this issue in the coming years and develop more permanent policy,” stated Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) who proposed the amendment.
Under the amendment Brady proposed, anyone who tried to sell or transfer the body of the late-term aborted baby for anything other than cremation or burial within four years of the child’s death would have been charged with a Class C crime.
In 2021, the legislature also tabled an amendment that would have given a mother rights over her own child’s remains.