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Governor's abortion bill met with cheers and criticism

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Mar 14, 2019 2:05 PM 1+ week ago

"We see people that come from as far north as Fort Kent and they might have to drive up to eight hours round trip," said the Center's Executive Director, Andrea Irwin.

The bill Gov. Janet Mills introduced Thursday morning seeks to remedy this access issue for women across Maine but especially for rural Mainers.

Current law makes the Mabel Wadsworth Center one of only three health centers in all of Maine where a woman can get an abortion.

"The ban is unconstitutional," said Irwin. "It's an outdated ban that really harms people's access to health care."

All of Maine's neighboring states already have similar laws in place -- part of nine states and Washington, D.C. in total.

"I don't think anybody is going to be shocked to hear that the Christian Civic League is opposing the expansion of abortion," said Christian Civic League of Maine's Executive Director Carroll Conley. "I love Governor Mills and she's my governor, but this ...

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