The state legislature this year passed a controversial bill that expands abortion up to birth. The bill was signed by Gov. Janet Mills in July and the law went into effect this week.
A story by the liberal Associated Press recognized the controversial legislation. Legislators abandoned a 24-week ban and overwhelmingly approved legislation that allows abortions "at any time if deemed medically necessary by a doctor," the AP story reads.
"We must recognize the complexity of pregnancy,” Mills said at the bill signing. “And like every other health care procedure, we’ve got to take government out of the decision-making process and put the doctor and the patient in charge.”
Heather Sirocki, a former legislator and member of the Maine Right to Life, tells AFN the fight beyond politics is to address the “moral compass” in people when they consider the unborn life in the womb.
“Many people just do not agree at all with ever having a late-term abortion like this,” she says.
The state legislature is dominated by abortion-supporting liberals from the state's larger cities so it’s unlikely the abortion law can be overturned soon. In light of that, Sirocki says that doesn’t mean the pro-life movement will give up.
“It means you come at it at a different angle,” she advises. “And that we really all support women we know are facing this difficulty, and show them there's a better way, there's a positive way, and that abortion should be unthinkable.”