HOLDEN, Maine — Former Gov. Paul LePage mentioned on Friday he had “no cause” to problem Maine’s expansive abortion legal guidelines however declined to say how he would cope with restrictive laws if it crosses his desk subsequent 12 months.
The previous Republican governor is difficult Gov. Janet Mills this 12 months in one of many nation’s greatest governor’s races. Abortion has emerged as some extent of distinction between Mills and LePage after the U.S. Supreme Courtroom final week overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade determination leaving the query of whether or not to maintain abortion authorized as much as lawmakers.
Mills, a Democrat, has vowed to guard Maine’s liberal abortion legal guidelines. However conservatives empowered by the excessive courtroom’s ruling have additionally indicated they wish to pare again entry to abortion right here, no less than by repealing a few of Mills’ signature laws from early in her tenure, resembling a regulation that enables state funds to cowl abortions for ladies on Medicaid.
LePage attended anti-abortion gatherings whereas serving two phrases within the Blaine Home however didn’t signal vital laws on the difficulty throughout his tenure as governor, together with when Republicans held a trifecta in Augusta in 2011 and 2012.
However the finish of Roe v. Wade has modified the panorama for what conservatives might pursue in the event that they needed to and had extra political energy right here. Requested at a Friday occasion on the Holden Police Division whether or not LePage would think about signing a 15-week abortion ban much like the one in Mississippi on the middle of the latest Supreme Courtroom case, the previous governor dismissed the query as a hypothetical.
He famous that the abortion protections of Roe v. Wade had been codified into Maine regulation in 1993 and mentioned he had “no cause by any means to problem that,” saying Mills has been discussing abortion “as a result of she has been an absolute catastrophe in economics, in faculties, in hospitals, within the nursing properties, in policing.”
Requested whether or not voters might be assured that LePage wouldn’t contact abortion protections in Maine if he wins in November, the previous Republican governor mentioned he “didn’t say that.”
“The governor can’t do something with out payments handed by the Legislature and also you’re placing out hypotheticals which are actually unfair,” he mentioned.
Maine Democratic Get together Chair Drew Gattine contested LePage’s problem that Democrats had been speaking about abortion to distract from different points, noting the celebration “didn’t select to strike down Roe v. Wade.”
“Governor Mills has joined hundreds of Mainers within the streets to clarify that we gained’t let Paul LePage and his far-right allies implement their anti-abortion agenda in Maine,” he mentioned.