On first day of Maine Legislature, taxpayer funded abortion bill advanced to committee

Rep. Lois Reckitt (D – South Portland) is the prime sponsor of LD20.

AUGUSTA – Democrats in the Maine House, led by Speaker Sara Gideon, wasted no time today moving a bill forward that would use Maine taxpayer dollars to fund abortions for Mainecare recipients.

The bill, LD20, is titled “An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members” and has already garnered eight co-sponsors, all Democrats, along with prime sponsor Rep. Lois Reckitt (D-South Portland).

Because federal funding of abortion is illegal under the Hyde Amendment, if Maine approves funding for abortions to Medicaid recipients, it will need to be paid for entirely from state taxpayer dollars.

Governor Janet Mills has promised to expand Medicaid “on day one” of her administration, but that expansion would rely on matching federal dollars that could not be used for abortions under LD20.

Shortly after the House moved the bill forward, the Maine Senate followed suit. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will now consider Rep. Reckitt’s bill, including holding public hearings, before the bill is moved to a vote before the full legislature.

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