Maine Senate Defeats Bill Requiring State HHS Licensing for Abortion Clinics

June 16, 2015 — The Maine Senate on Friday voted 21-14 against a bill (LD 1312) that would have imposed new restrictions on abortion clinics in the state, AP/Washington Times reports.

Specifically, the measure would have required the three abortion clinics in the state to obtain licenses from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. It also would have required the state HHS to establish safety and operational standards for the clinics. Opponents of the measure noted that clinic physicians are already subject to licensing requirements and that clinics already might be regulated by federal standards (AP/Washington Times, 6/12).

The state House rejected the measure last month (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/1).