Three abortion bills being worked on in Augusta

6:43 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NECN) - Every Thursday, anti-abortion protestors gather outside a family planning clinic in Augusta.
They hope through prayers and pictures they can get women to change their minds about having an abortion. While they protest outside, some Maine lawmakers are working inside the state house on 3 abortion bills.

One would require minors to seek parental permission before getting an abortion. Current law says they have to have adult involvement, but it doesn't have to be a parent.

Representative Ellie Espling is a co-sponsor of that bill and has written another one that would require doctors to provide more information to patients about the abortion procedure and alternatives including adoption. A third bill seeks to establish a fetus as a person to allow estates to file wrongful death lawsuits. A broad coalition of pro-choice advocates spoke out against the bills, including members of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights.

The family planning association of Maine is also fighting against the bills, including the one requiring minors to get permission from a parent. Nancy Audet says only 4% of their patients who seek abortions are minors, and the vast majority do talk to their parents before getting an abortion. For those who can't.

Both sides will have a chance to make their case to lawmakers next week.

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