Local legislators are divided over a trio of bills to regulate abortions in Maine.

The bills include LD 116, which would require that a doctor wait at least 24 hours from when a woman signs an informed consent until the abortion is performed. The exception would be if there was a medical emergency that would threaten the health or life of the woman.

Another bill, LD 924, would require women seeking an abortion to be provided specific information both verbally and in writing — at least 24 hours before the abortion is performed — about the risks of abortions, alternatives, and the development of the fetus.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services would develop a brochure that contains required information and provide copies to physicians and make the brochure available online.

The third bill, LD 1457, would require the notarized written consent of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion is performed on a minor or an incapacitated person.

The bill would allow a probate court to waive the need for parental consent if it finds by “clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner is both sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion.” The court may waive the need for parental consent if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that there is a pattern of physical or sexual abuse or neglect of the petitioner by one or both of her parents or her guardian, or that notification of a parent or guardian is not in the best interests of the petitioner.

All three bills have received the backing of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

No vote has been taken yet in the House or the Senate.

But local Democratic legislators are speaking out against the bills.

“These decisions need to be made by individuals under difficult circumstances in keeping with their own religious and moral beliefs and in keeping with those circumstances,” said state Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport. “To have the state regulate any part of how these decisions are made isĀ inappropriate.”

Rep. Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, said an abortion is a legal medical procedure and it should stay between a doctor and a patient. He is opposed to the three bills.

Rep. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston, said he does not support any of the three Judiciary Committee bills.

Rep. Walter Kumiega III, D-Deer Isle, said there are other ways to decrease the incidence of abortion, such as education and access to health care and contraception.

“There are other bills under consideration that would make it harder to get contraception and health services, so I think on the whole the health care agenda we are looking at is a step backward, maybe a giant leap back,” Kumiega, whose district includes Vinalhaven and North Haven, said.

Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, said May 4 he has not studied all the details of the various abortion bills.

Rep. Wes Richardson, R-Warren, said he also has not studied the proposals, having been busy working on the bill to revamp health insurance regulations in the state.

Other local legislators have not responded to a request for comment on the bills.