The Maine House and Senate defeated three bills this week that would have placed additional limits on abortions.

The Legislature rejected bills to require a 24-hour waiting period from when a woman first sees a doctor until she could get the abortion, require that women be provided counseling and offered alternatives to abortions before one could be performed, and require parental or guardian consent before a minor could get an abortion.

The Senate voted 21-13 on June 8 to kill LD 116, which required the 24-hour waiting period. The Judiciary Committee of the Legislature had recommended defeat of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Tyler Clark, R-Easton.

The Midcoast’s three Republican state senators were divided on the bill. Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, voted to kill the waiting period bill. Sens. A. David Trahan of Waldoboro and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport supported the proposal.

The House voted 81-63 on June 7 to kill the waiting period bill.

Voting for the waiting period were Republican Reps. Wes Richardson of Warren, Dana Dow of Waldoboro, Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea, and Jonathan McKane of Newcastle.

Richardson said his vote represents the sentiment of the majority of the people who contacted him and is in line with his personal stance on abortion.

Voting against the bill were Democratic Reps. Edward Mazurek of Rockland, Chuck Kruger of Thomaston, Joan Welsh of Rockport, Andrew O’Brien of Lincolnville, and Walter Kumiega III of Deer Isle.

“We have adequate laws in place to cover the concerns put forward in these bills. I was impressed by the tone of our debate that was respectful and heartfelt on both sides,” Rep. Welsh said.

Kruger said the waiting period was not necessary because very few abortions are performed inside of 24 hours.

By similar votes on the same days, the House and Senate rejected the other two abortion bills.

On the bill to require counseling and education before an abortion could be performed, the votes of local legislators were the same except that Sen. Trahan joined Rector and voted to kill the bill, LD 924.

“I have a real problem with a legislative body inserting a third-party, or non-specific information, into the doctor-patient relationship,” Kruger said.

Trahan and Rector also voted against the consent bill for minors, LD 1457.

Kruger said current laws are sufficient.