Abortion verdict certain to affect upcoming Maine elections

Radiofreemaine/ June 14, 2022/ Politics, Voting

Gov. Janet Mills has said she would veto any attempts to erect barriers to women’s access to the surgery. Democrats promptly vowed to fight any moves to enact limits on abortions on Friday.
State Republican officials, on the other hand, carefully skirted the subject. They are still expressing support for states’ rights to impose restrictions however whilst not expressing immediate intentions to do so.

Access to the procedure won’t change right away in Maine as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

But the political discussion leading up to the state’s general election in November, when voters will select a governor and all of the legislators, will undoubtedly be influenced.

It became evident on Friday that Republicans leaders don’t think Mainers will accept moves to restrict access. Democrats are still keen to organize voters concerned about abortion rights, however.
Dr Demi Kouzounas from the Maine Republican Party stated in a written statement that Mainers have weighed in over and over again on the subject. She believes that they have always supported access to abortions.

She thinks Maine won’t be significantly affected by this decision. Inflation and high gas and grocery prices will be the main concerns for Republicans. The party will concentrate on winning in November to address the immediate challenges at hand.

In Maine, state legislation was signed by Republican Governor John McKernan in 1993. Coming exactly 20 years after Roe v. Wade it codifies the right to an abortion up until a fetus is deemed viable outside the womb. This is usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
According to a Washington Post study, Maine and its New England neighbors are among 20 states unlikely to impose limitations on abortions. 13 states have “trigger bans” in effect. These are pieces of legislation that, in most cases 30 days after a Supreme Court decision reversing Roe, automatically outlaw the practice. According to the Post, seven additional states are anticipated to take action soon to outlaw or restrict abortion.

The judgment is expected to energize Democrats across the country ahead of the November elections. Maine Democrats are attempting to mobilize their supporters. One thing is certain: the future of abortion in Maine will be on the ballot this November.

The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade; this means millions of women across the country are about to lose their freedom to have an abortion. 

In order to defend the rights, safety, and future of not only Maine women Maine citizens must reelect Gov. Mills and our Democratic majority this November.

In April, the Maine Republican Party adopted a platform that categorically rejects abortion. Additionally, a number of Maine Republicans expressed their support for the decision; specifically the right of each state to set its own rules.  However, they refrained from requesting more limitations.

The Supreme Court’s judgment was downplayed by Republican contender Ed Thelander. He works for the 1st Congressional District, which is now represented by Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. He has claimed that the verdict merely corrects a former judgement that was, in the opinion of many, defective legally.

Thelander believes the judgment puts regulation of abortion back in the hands of state legislatures, as the creators intended. He also urged compassion, trust, and support for individuals debating getting an abortion.

Thelander declared that he respects the sanctity of life. But he remained silent regarding whether he would support or oppose any initiatives in Maine aimed at restricting access to abortions.
Pingree spoke briefly at a protest Friday in front of the Supreme Court in Washington and referred to the decision as catastrophic.
She attributed the decades-long drive to install anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe to Republican fanatics.

Pingree argued that six radical judges, nominated by presidents who lost the popular vote, have overturned nearly 50 years of established legal precedent that tens of millions of Americans have relied upon.

The choice might also have an impact on the outcome of the current governor’s race. On Friday, the candidates for the two major parties reaffirmed their prior views on abortion. The same ambiguous comment was made when a draft of the opinion overturning Roe was leaked last month by former governor Paul LePage. LePage is running for a third nonconsecutive term as governor. If he wins in November, a spokeswoman declined to say whether or how he plans to change the state legislation.

LePage stated that he is against taxpayer funding of abortion; with the exception of situations involving rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Without specifying when he believed viability occurred, he added that Maine’s state law currently forbids abortion beyond viability. He believes it should be updated to reflect current medical science.

LePage stated that he knew his mother faced difficult decisions and was grateful she chose life. As the child of a profoundly dysfunctional household, with domestic abuse that left him homeless, she had a choice to choose.

On Friday, Mills referred to the Supreme Court’s decision as an assault on women’s rights and reproductive freedom. She thinks that it will have no real impact on reducing the number of abortions performed nationwide. It is likely that it will merely reduce the safety of the abortions that do occur. She is committed to defending abortion rights in Maine.

Mills has also stated that she will vigorously defend the right to reproductive healthcare in Maine. She has promised  the people of Maine that she will use her veto pen to thwart any attempt to undercut, reverse, or outright abolish the right to safe and legal abortion in Maine for as long as she is governor

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