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Maine Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, Question 1 (1999)

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The Maine Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Initiative, also known as Question 1, was on the November 2, 1999 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have banned partial-birth abortion procedures, except in cases were the life of the pregnant person was in danger. The measure defined partial-birth abortion as, "an abortion in which the physician performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery." The measure would have made physicians who performed such procedures criminally liable to a Class D crime. It would not have allowed the prosecution of the pregnant person on whom such a procedure was performed.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 1 (1999)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No232,11355.58%
Yes 185,541 44.42%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1980-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 1: Citizen Initiative

Do you want to ban a specific abortion procedure to be defined in law, except in cases where the life of the mother is in danger? [3]

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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Maine

A total of 82,372 petition signatures were submitted to place this measure before the state legislature. On May 21, 1999, the legislative document died between the houses due to a lack of concurrence. On June 23, 1999, Governor Angus S. King, Jr. proclaimed the measure would be voted upon by the people.[2]

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