Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would send state taxpayer funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and now the state legislature has upheld the veto.
In his veto message, the governor said: “There is no reason to provide a taxpayer-funded Medicaid benefit to individuals ineligible for Medicaid when they already have private health insurance coverage for family planning benefits. For those individuals who intend to make less than 100 percent of federal poverty level and therefore do not qualify for subsidized private insurance, family planning and health clinics across the state often already charge on a sliding scale, which they indicate is affordable for their clients.”
Governor LePage’s veto of LD 1247, An Act to Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services, has been upheld and pro-life advocates at Maine Right to Life tell LifeNews they’re delighted by the news.
“If enacted, this bill would have provided free contraceptives to fund Family Planning and Planned Parenthood (using our tax dollars) to women and men with incomes up to 200% ABOVE the federal poverty level,” MRTL said. “In order to over-ride the Governor’s veto, a 2/3 vote was necessary in both the Maine House and Maine Senate. The veto over-ride failed in the House.”
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“Pro-Choice extremists have called Maine’s decision a “war on women.” National pro-choice leaders have entered the arena, continuing to gin up this politicized rhetoric, including Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards,” the pro-life group continued. “We consider these tactics to be bullying. In fact, we consider these tactics to be a war on common sense, a war on common decency, and a war on tolerance.”
“No one in Maine should be forced to use their hard-earned tax dollars to (supplementally!) fund organizations like Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Family Planning Services that are the state’s largest abortion providers,” Maine Right to Life continued.