Comparing abortion views in Maine Governor’s race between Janet Mills and Paul LePage

When it comes to abortion rights, incumbent Maine Governor Janet Mills likes to say she’s been un-wavering.”A woman’s right to choose is and will always be protected in Maine!” Mills, a Democrat and Maine’s first woman governor, told a rally for reproductive rights on Tuesday in Portland: “So long as I am governor, you can be damn sure my veto pen will stand in the way of any and all efforts to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate the right to abortion in our state!”Mills articulated the same view right after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion and empowered states to restrict it.She then ordered state employees not to cooperate with other states’ investigations of providers or women traveling to Maine for abortions.”To protect Maine law and long-standing Maine policy for those accessing services in our state,” Mills said.By contrast, after the landmark court decision, her Republican challenger and predecessor in office, Paul Lepage, said he didn’t know where he stood on a deadline to end a pregnancy. When asked you if he would approve rolling back the timeline to end a pregnancy to 6 weeks or 15 weeks or 20 weeks, LePage sat id, “I don’t know.”Asked whether he had an opinion on that, he said, “I don’t have an opinion.”LePage went on say that he had “no agenda” on the issue.”I don ‘t have time for abortion,” LePage said. “Abortion affects few Mainers.”LePage insists he won’t seek to change Maine’s 1993 law guaranteeing abortion access until fetal viability outside the womb or later to protect the life of a pregnant woman.”I was governor for eight years,” LePage said two weeks ago “If I wanted to dump it, I could have, and I didn’t. It never came up. It’s not an issue that I’m concerned about. It’s an issue between a spiritual guidance of a woman and her.” doctor and herself.”Though as governor, LePage attended Maine Right to Life rallies, he now says he’d oppose certain restrictions.At his first debate with Mills, a month ago, he said he would veto a bill that proposed banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.As governor, Mills has signed laws expanding the list of approved abortion providers, creating a safety zone outside clinic entrances, and requiring state-regulated health insurance plans and taxpayer-funded MaineCare to pay for abortions and contraception.”It is only fair that low-income woman n have the same access to reproductive health care as middle class and well-to-do women have,” Mills said earlier this year.Though the Maine Republican Party platform calls for ending that policy, LePage has said that’s not on his agenda.” I wouldn’t touch that,” he said in June. But he told the anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine in its candidate questionnaire, no taxpayer dollars should fund abortions and that he supports restrictions. His campaign has said he was referring to what he infers to be restrictions in Maine’s Reproductive Privacy Act after fetal viability at 24 weeks. The Christian Civic League has endorsed LePage. Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund is behind Mills.

When it comes to abortion rights, incumbent Maine Governor Janet Mills likes to say she’s been un-wavering.

“A woman’s right to choose is and will always be protected in Maine!” Mills, a Democrat and Maine’s first woman governor, told a rally for reproductive rights on Tuesday in Portland: “So long as I am governor, you can be damn sure my veto pen will stand in the way of any and all efforts to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate the right to abortion in our state!”

Mills articulated the same view right after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion and empowered states to restrict it.

She then ordered state employees not to cooperate with other states’ investigations of providers or women traveling to Maine for abortions.

“To protect Maine law and long-standing Maine policy for those accessing services in our state,” Mills said.

By contrast, after the landmark court decision, her Republican challenger and predecessor in office, Paul Lepage, said he didn’t know where he stood on a deadline to end a pregnancy.

When asked you if he would approve rolling back the timeline to end a pregnancy to 6 weeks or 15 weeks or 20 weeks, LePage said, “I don’t know.”

Asked whether he had an opinion on that, he said, “I don’t have an opinion.”

LePage went on to say that he had “no agenda” on the issue.

“I don’t have time for abortion,” LePage said. “Abortion affects few Mainers.”

LePage insists he won’t seek to change Maine’s 1993 law guaranteeing abortion access until fetal viability outside the womb or later to protect the life of a pregnant woman.

“I was governor for eight years,” LePage said two weeks ago. “If I wanted to dump it, I could have, and I didn’t. It never came up. It’s not an issue that I’m concerned about. It’s an issue between a spiritual guidance of a woman and her doctor and herself.”

Though as governor, LePage attended Maine Right to Life rallies, he now says he’d oppose certain restrictions.

At his first debate with Mills, a month ago, he said he would veto a bill that proposed banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

As governor, Mills has signed laws expanding the list of approved abortion providers, creating a safety zone outside clinic entrances, and requiring state-regulated health insurance plans and taxpayer-funded MaineCare to pay for abortions and contraception.

“It is only fair that low-income women have the same access to reproductive health care as middle class and well-to-do women have,” Mills said earlier this year.

Though the Maine Republican Party platform calls for ending that policy, LePage has said that’s not on his agenda.

“I wouldn’t touch that,” he said in June.

But he told the anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine in its candidate questionnaire, no taxpayer dollars should fund abortions and that he supports restrictions.

His campaign has said he was referring to what he infers to be restrictions in Maine’s Reproductive Privacy Act after fetal viability at 24 weeks.

The Christian Civic League has endorsed LePage.

Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund is behind Mills.

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