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New Maine law aims to stop harassment at abortion clinics

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 4:48 PM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine is designed to prevent harassment and blockades outside abortion providers in the state.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced Monday that she had signed the proposal into law last week.

Supporters say the new law provides health service facilities the ability to establish and mark a “medical safety zone” that extends eight feet from the center of an entryway.

Violations could be charged as a misdemeanor.

The law makes Maine one of four states with a law that limits protests nears the doors of a clinic.

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