Admittedly, it has been hard to keep up with the copious stream of culture and life changing bills coming out of Augusta this session. From taxpayer funded abortion and end of life suicide to massive subsidies for illegal aliens and migrants to shielding those foreigners from laws that Maine citizens must live under. What is going on here?
Early in April, the Maine Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee voted to pass Rep Jocye McCreight’s (D-Harpswell) L.D. 820 to provide taxpayer funded abortions. As a self-described “advocate for children,” McCreight’s bill uses “discrimination” as a pretense to legislate that all Medicaid patients get taxpayer funded abortion access. Further, the bill demands that all private insurers in Maine cover abortions. This is an aggressive move to expand the number of abortions happening in Maine and uses taxes to profit the abortion industry.
On the other end of the life spectrum, L.D. 1313 sponsored by Rep. Patricia Hymanson (D-York) opens to door to physician assisted suicide. While the bill limits access to suicide to only those with less than six month to live, concerns have been raised about the normalizing of suicide, especially in a time where suicides in society are already on the rise. Senator Lisa Keim (R-Dixfield) testified, “It may be tempting to think that the parameters for eligibility, namely, diagnosis of a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less to live, are fixed and will never be broadened. It may be tempting to think that the allowances in these bills will only ever be for a small minority of the population. But this is not the case.”
With several other bills including things like publicly funded heroin injection sites, mandated vaccinations, and gun confiscation, we start to get a glimpse of the massive cultural shift happening in Augusta. Put in context with Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross’s (D-Portland) recent statement in an interview that the founding of America was a “hate crime,” we need to be asking who is whispering in the ears of the powerful elites in Augusta.
We have been told for decades that declining birthrates and an exodus of young people in Maine have severely damaged our workforce capabilities, but if that is true why such an attack on Maine lives? What else has the legislature been introducing during this time?
For starters, a bill introduced by southern Maine Democrats would radically increase Maine tax-funded benefits to non-citizen migrants. Not only would the foreign beneficiaries receive cash payments and food stamps, but also expanded Medicaid benefits. With thousands of Maine seniors on government waiting lists for services they need, how are Maine citizens going to afford to pay for the lucrative incentives to travel to Maine? This is unfair to citizens who paid into the system their entire lives only to see it fail them when they need it the most.
While L.D. 1313 seeks to make Maine citizens pay to incentive migrants to come live a subsidized lifestyle, L.D. 1589 sponsored by Rep. Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop) and Sen. Shenna Bellows (D-Kennebec) will make Maine a “sanctuary state.” While handcuffing Maine law enforcement the bill also denies cooperation with outside agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security. If illegal aliens are arrested, the information from their arrest will be blocked from the public, even though this information is already public for Maine citizens.
L.D. 1313 also puts a restriction on the constitutional authority of our elected sheriffs, endangering our last line of defense against unconstitutional abuse of power.
Looking back, when we piece these things together we see a stunning moment of honesty from the current powers in Augusta. Maine lives are no longer of value. We will subsidize and protect from the law the mass movements of people to Maine and industries that profit from human trafficking.
What does this all signal to the people of Maine? Time will surely tell.