3 abortion bills face committee reviews in Maine

Posted May 01, 2011, at 9:39 a.m.
Last modified May 01, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Three bills that would add new restrictions on abortion in Maine face legislative committee reviews.

The Judiciary Committee takes up the three bills Tuesday.

One of the bills would require a 24-hour waiting period prior to an abortion, except in the case of a medical emergency.

An “informed consent” bill would require that information about the risks of abortion be made available by a doctor to a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure. Also, state health officials would have to develop a brochure describing the risks and alternatives to abortion.

A third bill seeks to repeal Maine’s current adult consent law. It would require notarized written consent of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion may be performed on a minor, with some exceptions.

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