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Health care providers in Maine that receive Title X funding are condemning the Trump Administration's proposed gag rule that would block them from referring patients to abortion services. 

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MaineCare's ban on abortion coverage was challenged in the state Supreme Court Wednesday.

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The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging the state Medicaid program's ban against covering abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has appealed a Maine Superior Court decision against the group's lawsuit filed on behalf of three abortion providers.

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The United States Supreme Court has upheld a Maine law that limits noise generated by protestors outside medical facilities.

The case arose when a pastor challenged the state law's noise limit that was used to restrict his anti-abortion protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland.

Maine Family Planning announced Monday that it’s offering women medication abortions without requiring them to do an in-office consultation with a doctor.

Instead, they can connect through a telemedicine network. Maine is now one of three states that offer the online service at a time when many other states are further restricting access to abortion.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Human Services over abortion coverage for women eligible for MaineCare.

Caroline Losneck

(PORTLAND, ME) About 45 people gathered at the Portland Planned Parenthood in downtown Portland on Saturday morning to participate in what organizers say was a day of national protests at Planned Parenthood clinics.

AUGUSTA, Maine - By a single vote, the Maine Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have required a specified adult to give consent before a minor can obtain an abortion.

Sen. Paul Davis, a Sangerville Republican, said the amended version of LD 83 requires at least one of the minor's parents or guardian or adult family member to give their consent for an abortion to be performed.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has defeated a contentious bill that would place new regulations on abortion clinics in the state.

The Republican-led Senate voted 21-14 against the bill on Friday. It was rejected in the Democratic-controlled House last month.

Republican Rep. Deb Sanderson's bill would require the three outpatient abortion clinics in Maine to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. It would allow the department to write the operational and safety standards for the facilities.

By Amy Anthony, The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Data compiled by The Associated Press shows the number of abortions performed annually in New England is declining, echoing a nationwide trend. But at least two groups attribute the drop to different factors.

Between 2010 and 2013, Rhode Island saw the biggest decrease in abortions, from 4,181 to 3,251 — a 22.2 percent drop. Connecticut had the second-largest decrease, between 2010 and 2014, from 13,438 to 10,629 — a 20.9 percent drop.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Democrats in the Maine House turned back a Republican-led effort to grant greater state oversight of the licensing of abortion clinics.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House of Representatives has rejected a contentious bill that seeks to require abortion clinics to be licensed by the state.

The Democratic-led House voted 84-65 against the bill on Wednesday. It heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.

The measure would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to write operational and safety standards for the facilities.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature is taking up several proposals that affect Maine's laws governing abortions. One bill before the Judiciary Committee this afternoon would require parental consent for teens who want an abortion.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for women's issues are calling on the Maine Legislature's Judiciary Committee to oppose two abortion-related bills.

One bill, LD 83, would require a teen to get parental consent to receive an abortion. Judy Karhl, of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, says while a majority of Maine teens do discuss abortion with their parents, it's not an option for everyone.

"Unfortunately, not all families are ideal," Karhl said. "Not all young and minors have families that support them."

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The new legislative session has barely gotten underway, and pro-choice groups are already gearing up for a fight over an innocuous-sounding bill they say could restrict abortion access.

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