The Maine state Senate has passed an abortion-rights bill, sending it back to the state House.
In a 21-17 vote, legislators passed the measure that has undergone several changes since the state House passed it back in March. The bill only allows abortions up to “fetal viability,” with exemptions to preserve the life and health of the mother. Several amendments to the bill were rejected, including one that would administer anesthesia to fetuses during abortions.
The bill reportedly codifies “the current status quo in the state of Rhode Island,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Erin Lynch Prata stated on the floor.