The Midcoast’s three Republican state senators were at odds over a bill that would create a new set of criminal offenses for attacks on unborn children.

The Senate voted 18-15 to reject LD 1463.

The bill would create the new crimes of murder, felony murder, manslaughter, assault, aggravated assault and elevated aggravated assault against an unborn child.

The bill states that the crimes against unborn children do not apply to an abortion to which the pregnant woman has consented, nor do they apply to customary standards of medical practice.

An unborn child is defined as when the state of fetal development when the life of the fetus may be continued indefinitely outside the womb by natural or artificial life-supportive systems until birth.

Sens. A. David Trahan of Waldoboro and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport voted for the bill. Sen. Christopher Rector of Thomaston voted against the legislation.

The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee had recommended passage of the bill. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Debra Plowman, R-Hampden.

The House has not yet voted on the bill.

Legislators were contacted for their comments on the bill.