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The Maine State Legislature held a 19-hour session this week in regard to the topic of abortion, after Democrat Governor Janet Mills and House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross introduced a bill that would legalize abortion after fetal viability, or around 24 weeks of pregnancy.
According to WMTW, opponents of the bill outnumbered the supporters, leading to the session that began on Monday at noon and stretched into Tuesday.
Hundreds of Mainers, including 675 who opposed the bill, had signed up in advance to address the Judiciary Committee during the hearing, speaking for two minutes at a time.
Penny and Eric Winter were some of those speaking in opposition, waiting two hours in the rain on Monday to sign up to speak.
“I believe viable children need to be protected,” Penny Winter said in an interview ahead of their testimony.
“We’re not talking about something done to some helpless tissue. This is a body with arms and legs and a heartbeat and face that is exposed to abortion by this bill,” Eric Winter added.
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