|July 3, 2017
Legislative Highlights of the Week
The Legislature's time this past week has been entirely consumed by the budget negotiations. Please see the budget article in the "Spotlight" section of the Weekly Update for a discussion of that work.
It should be noted that LD 327 is still pending as "unfinished business" in the Senate. That bill would create a cause of action for wrongful death for fetal demise in cases where gestation has surpassed 24 weeks. In plainer terms, the bill would allow a suit for medical malpractice or other torts to be brought by the estate of the fetus. That would treat a post-24-week gestation fetus as a legal person for purposes of a legal suit if fetal demise is claimed to have resulted from another person's acts. Legal abortion is excluded, but the parties lobbying strenuously to pass this bill are primarily the Maine Christian Civic League, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, and Maine Right to Life.
The bill passed in the Senate but failed to pass in the House by 3 votes. An amendment has been prepared for proposal in the Senate, and if it passes there the bill and amendment would be returned to the House for another vote.
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