- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine women’s groups are urging lawmakers to reject two abortion-related proposals.

Representatives from groups such as Maine Women’s Lobby and Planned Parenthood of New England rallied outside the Statehouse on Wednesday to oppose a bill that would require written consent of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion could be performed on a minor or incapacitated person. The need for consent could be waived in some cases.

Supporters say that parents have the right to be involved in such an important decision.

But the groups say the bill is unnecessary because most young women already involve their parents in that decision.

They’re also opposing a bill that would require outpatient surgical abortion facilities to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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