Gov. Janet Mills’ signature late-term abortion bill, the very bill she said she would not support during her re-election campaign, is expected to receive her signature later this week following final passage Tuesday in both the Senate and the House.
Almost all restrictions on abortion will be eliminated when the bill becomes law.
Previously, abortion in Maine had been limited for 30 years by a 24-week viability threshold, with a few exceptions for cases coming after that point, such as when the life of the mother is in jeopardy or the baby has received a fatal diagnosis.
Once LD 1619 becomes law, abortion will be legal at any point and for any reason during a pregnancy.
The bill was a major priority of Planned Parenthood, one of the largest providers of abortions in America and Maine.
The organization spent more than $830,000 backing Gov. Mills and her Democratic allies in the Legislature in the 2022 election cycle.
In the Senate earlier Tuesday, Democrats killed an amendment that would have placed a four-year moratorium on the sale or transfer of fetal tissue remains.