Planned Parenthood and Abortion Clinics Want to Force Maine to Pay for Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 25, 2015   |   11:56AM   |   Augusta, ME

Abortion advocates and the ACLU are suing the state of Maine this week in an attempt to force taxpayer funding of abortion.

The groups, including Planned Parenthood and two other state abortion businesses, filed the lawsuit Tuesday demanding that women on the state Medicaid program, MaineCare, have their abortions paid for, according to WGME CBS 13 in Maine.

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood claim that ban on taxpayer funding of abortion in Maine “violates Maine law and the state constitution, which enumerates the rights to pursue happiness and equal protection under the law by only affecting the ability of low-income women to get an abortion and not those with private insurance,” the report states.

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Andrea Irwin, executive director of the Mabel Wadsworth abortion clinic in Bangor, Maine, told the station that one third of her patients are on the state Medicaid program or would qualify for it if they became pregnant.

“We think it’s important that no matter how much money you make, you have access” to abortion, Irwin said.

Currently, MaineCare pays for abortions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother, according to the report.

While Maine Gov. Paul LePage has not yet commented on the lawsuit, he is strongly pro-life, according to the report. Last fall, LePage emphasized that he is against “killing babies as a form of contraception.”

As LifeNews previously reported, Planned Parenthood attacked LePage during his re-election campaign last fall for vetoing a bill that would have given money to the abortion business.

Interestingly, polls show that rich Americans are more likely to support taxpayer funding for abortion than poorer people. One poll found that a majority of respondents who earn less than $25,000, and 55% of those whose education level was a high school degree or less, oppose “the government providing funding for abortion services to poor women.” And yet, sadly, those earning more than $75,000 favor abortion funding for the poor by 56%.

Other polls continuously show that a majority of Americans oppose tax-funded abortions. A 2014 CNN poll showed that only 39 percent of Americans want taxpayer funding of abortions for women who cannot afford them.