Bill to have Maine taxpayers pay for abortions withdrawn

Bill to have Maine taxpayers pay for abortions withdrawn

House allows L.D. 20- An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members to be withdrawn

STATEHOUSE – The Maine House of Representatives today received word from the Committee on Health and Human Services that it has approved a request for “Leave to Withdraw” by the sponsor for L.D. 20- An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members.

The bill would have required the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal abortion services. The bill also would have required the State of Maine to pay for abortion services not approved by Medicaid.

“House Republicans are relieved that this proposal will no longer be considered,” said Rep. Kathy Javner (R-Chester). “Requiring Maine taxpayers to pay for abortion services banned by federal law is so extreme that the bill was quickly withdrawn because of the swift public reaction to it.”

The 1977 federal Hyde Amendment bans state use of federal Medicaid dollars to pay for abortions unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or the abortion is “necessary to save the life of the woman.”

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