AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate endorsed a bill Tuesday that would allow state tax dollars to be used for MaineCare funding for abortions.
Members voted 19-16 in favor after emotional debate.
LD 820 was approved last week in the House, 79-63.
All 14 Republicans voted against the measure, as well as two Democrats: Sens. Michael Carpenter of Houlton and Bill Diamond of Windham.
Gov. Janet Mills' administration backed the legislation, which would provide public funding of abortions for low-income women through MaineCare, Maine's Medicaid program, and require private insurance to cover.
States can only use federal funds for abortions involving rape, incest or life endangerment, the Associated Press reports. The amended bill's fiscal note says it'd cost $375,000 annually to cover abortions through MaineCare.
LD 820 still faces procedural votes, the AP reports.
It would likely be enacted if it reaches Gov. Mills' desk.