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AUGUSTA, Maine (LifeSiteNews) — Maine has legalized abortion up until birth for any reason deemed “necessary” by an abortionist.

Governor Janet Mills signed into law on Wednesday LD 1619, which distinguishes Maine as one of the few places in the world, including China and North Korea, to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation.

Whereas Maine law previously only allowed abortions after fetal viability to “preserve the life or health of the mother,” according to LD 1619, abortions may be performed “when it is necessary in the professional judgment” of a physician abortionist.

The bill also removes criminal penalties for committing an elective late-term abortion without the necessary license and changes reporting standards to eliminate identifying information about a woman who obtains an abortion and only require details about the date, location, and method of the act, as well as the age of the baby when he or she is killed.

“Maine law should recognize that every pregnancy, like every woman, is different, and that politicians cannot and should not try to legislate the wide variety of difficult circumstances pregnant women face,” Mills said before signing the radical law.

Maine now joins the ranks of the states Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, New Jersey, Vermont, and New Mexico, which also effectively permit the killing of babies in abortions at any point up until birth for any reason. 

A letter to the editor of has decried the legislation as “the most severe and barbaric attack on life” that Maine has “witnessed thus far.”

“To legalize the killing of an unborn baby — right up to birth — is a reality too horrible to contemplate. Even those legislators who are liberal and in favor of abortion rights [sic] must acknowledge that L.D. 1619 is a bridge too far. No amount of dialogue or logic can sanitize this piece of legislation,” wrote Pat Truman before the bill was signed into law.

The pretense of “medical necessity” has long been one of abortion industry lobbyists’ most potent tools for circumventing pro-life laws, with the specter of women dying in childbirth due to being denied abortions contributing to the defeat of several pro-life ballot initiatives last year, despite being unfounded, as a matter of both medicine and law.

Numerous medical professionals, including former abortionists, have attested that, while some circumstances may necessitate delivering a baby before he or she can survive outside the womb or indirectly ending the baby’s life, such treatments, including for ectopic pregnancy, are not abortion as they do not entail direct, intentional violence on the child for the purpose of ending his or her life. In fact, direct induced abortion is typically the worst thing that can be done for women in an emergency, as it takes longer than administering actual care.

Further, every state with pro-life laws currently on the books explicitly makes exceptions for medical treatment to save the life of a mother, regardless of whether that treatment is classified as abortion. Additionally, the vast majority of abortions have never been sought for medical reasons, but for social, career, or financial considerations.