May 2, 2013

Maine lawmakers to decide 3 abortion-related bills

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — A May 16 date has been set for legislative hearings on three abortion-related bills, which are already drawing opposition from within the State House.

A coalition of women legislators and abortion rights activists held a news conference on Thursday to condemn the bills as anti-choice.

The first bill bolsters Maine's law requiring informed consent about information, the second allows a wrongful death cause of action for the death of an unborn child, and the final proposal strengthens the consent laws for abortions performed on minors and incapacitated people. The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for all three bills on Thursday, May 16. The bills are L.D.'s 760, 1339 and 1193.

Committee Senate Chair Linda Valentino of Saco said Thursday she's confident the committee's majority will reject the bills.

The Maine Right to Life Committee supports the bills and considers them women's issues.

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