PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will not cooperate with investigations by other states into people requesting abortions or health care providers performing them, the state governor said Tuesday.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to protect access to abortion in her state. She said she placed the order in response to the Supreme Court ruling that overthrew Roe v. Wade.
According to Mills, her order also directs Maine state agencies to review laws and regulations for barriers to reproductive health care and to eliminate or minimize them. She said she will use her authority to deny extradition attempts by states that are seeking criminal charges against people who receive or perform abortions.
Mills said she will “stand in the way of any attempt to undermine, reverse, or completely eliminate the right to safe and legal abortion in Maine.”
Mills is seeking re-election against former Republican Gov. Paul LePage. LePage has said abortion affects “few Mainers” and has not made it a focus of his campaign.
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