The Republican-controlled legislature of Maine rejected three bills this week that would have restricted access to abortion in the state.
One bill would have established a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, another would have required doctors to read a script to women seeking an abortion in advance of a 24-hour waiting period, and a third would have required notarized parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.
Kerri L. Prescott
Here, from The Portland Press Herald's reporting, is how one Republican House member argued against the waiting period:
"The fact that government is the one that is making this mandate, they are taking away that right to choose, no matter how long it takes a woman to decide what is best for her," said Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham. "The fact that government is the one making this choice is something that I cannot support."
The Maine House voted all three bills down on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, the Senate voted to shelve them. How very Wyoming of Maine.