AUGUSTA – An
interesting dynamic is now playing out in the Maine Legislature where the
policies of majority Democrats are generating some peculiar positions that seem
to be contradictory in their philosophy.
probably no simpler example than recent votes by the Maine Legislature on
abortions and tanning beds as they relate to minors.
ago, the Maine House voted along party lines to allow minors access to abortion
procedures without even having a doctor present, with no parental consent. The
law deregulates abortion to the point where a physician assistant or a nurse
practitioner can perform more complex abortion procedures, not just provide
Once that bill is signed and goes into effect, minors will be able to see a physician assistant or nurse practitioner for an abortion without any parental consent requirement; then Tuesday, the legislature sent a bill to Governor Janet Mills’ desk that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed.
clearly a top priority for Democrats this session, as they have pushed forward
bills to provide taxpayer funded abortions and expand abortions to be performed
without doctors. That push could have been predicted given the financial investment
of Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups in recent legislative
At the same time, telling a seventeen year-old high school student that they can’t jump in a tanning bed a few times before they fly out to Florida for a January vacation sends a different message entirely.
A comparison of the roll call votes shows a wide overlap with most lawmakers who supported the bill to deregulate abortions for minors also supporting the ban on tanning beds.
Conversely, those who opposed the bill to deregulate abortions also voted to continue to allow 14-17 year olds to use tanning beds.