May 18, 2019 | IFA Staff
On May 14, the Maine Legislature approved two bills to be sent to Governor Janet Mills with a one, two punch that not only will require Maine businesses and taxpayers to pay for abortions, but will also require them to purchase products of abortion and inject them into themselves and their children. We have reported on this before, and are asking you to continue to pray about this subject: Is the issue of legal abortion in this country somehow linked spiritually to the utilization of products containing aborted fetal cell tissue and DNA?
The first bill the Maine Senate passed was LD 820, requiring “Abortion services that are not federally approved Medicaid services must be funded by state funds.” Further, “A carrier offering a health plan in this State that provides coverage for maternity services shall provide coverage for abortion services for an enrollee in accordance with this section.”
A small religious exemption is included for “religious employers,” defined as, ” an employer that is a church, a convention or association of churches or an elementary or secondary school that is controlled, operated or principally supported by a church or by a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 United States Code, Section 3121(w)(3)(A) and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 United States Code, Section 501(c)(3).”
When signed into law, both state and private insurance companies must cover abortion services. Maine taxpayers will be forced to pay for the life-ending procedures, and business owners offering private insurance to their employees will be forced to provide abortion services regardless of their faith and religious beliefs.
That same day the persecution of religious beliefs continued as the Maine Senate then immediately turned to debate on LD 798, designed to remove the religious and faith-based exemptions from vaccines for Maine citizens and their children. Earlier this month, the Senate stood strong against the House by preserving religious freedoms, but reversed course this week and agreed to strip them from the current law. The measure to preserve religious freedom was lost by one vote.
The bill removes the right to claim a religious exemption for daycare, preschool, K-12 (public or private), college, trade schools, online degrees (when campus visit is required), and those employed in health care. Even children with federally protected IEPs and 504s will be turned away from school if they are missing even one dose of the required vaccines. Home-schooled children can no longer play school sports or use local educational facilities without submitting to all vaccine mandates.
Every member of the Maine Legislature was individually notified during the legislative process by advocates that this bill would require that every child raised in Maine to be injected with the WI-38 cell line, developed from the lungs of a female aborted in 1962 and/or the MRC-5 cell line, developed from the lungs of a male aborted in 1966.
Governor Janet Mills is expected to sign both bills into law.
Similar legislative initiatives designed to strip religious freedoms related to vaccination have emerged in multiple states across the country this spring. Most bills have been defeated, most recently in the Connecticut House of Representatives on May 16. Last month, lawmakers in Washington State preserved religious freedom in this area despite an outbreak of measles in their state.
The Church has been deceived about much of the truth about abortion, and how people everywhere have been led to participate in abortion. This truth is now in the open and we encourage you to continue to pray on this issue. You can learn more with our prayer guide.
Additionally, we encourage you to pray for God to move Governor Mills’ heart like a river to do His will as she decides whether to sign these bills into law. Pray also for us to learn the lessons regarding the outcomes of her decisions. Pray for Maine and pray for the preservation of religious freedom in your state and in our nation.