Maine law currently protects abortion access, but extreme politicians could undo this in the future. Safeguarding access in the state constitution would protect reproductive freedom in the face of anti-abortion politicians and a U.S. Supreme Court that flouts precedent.

LD 780 would allow Maine voters to protect abortion rights, just as voters have done in states from Kansas to Kentucky and Michigan to Montana. This amendment will further protect bodily autonomy and privacy from future meddling or shifting political winds in Maine – because the government should never have the authority to force a person to remain pregnant against their will.


Bill Movement:

This bill originated in 2023 during the First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature. It was not passed in 2023 and was carried over into 2024 to be considered during the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.

  • Bill printed: 2/21/2023
  • Referred to Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary: 2/28/2023
  • Carried over from 2023 to 2024: 7/25/2023
  • Public hearing in committee: 1/22/2024
  • Work session and vote in committee: 2/1/2024
    • 6 members voted "ought to pass"
    • 5 members voted "ought not to pass"
    • 2 members were absent
  • Senate vote: N/A
  • House vote: N/A
  • Action by governor: N/A

Sponsors

Senator Eloise A. Vitelli

Status

Active

Session

The Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature

Bill number

Position

Support

ACLU of Maine Chief Counsel Zach Heiden delivered testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on January 22, 2024, during the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.