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Maine: Did You Know?

Did you know that an anti-choice state representative from Maine tried to pass a law banning abortion based on the “projected sexual orientation” of the fetus?

In 2005, a strongly anti-choice lawmaker from Maine, Rep. Brian Duprey (R), introduced “An Act to Protect Homosexuals from Discrimination,” a misleadingly named bill to ban abortion based on the fetus’ “projected sexual orientation.” The supposed sexual orientation of the fetus would be identified through “the presence or absence of a so-called ‘homosexual gene,’” the bill read.

The initiative was supported by the fringe anti-choice group The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL), who justified their support of the bill with the theory that the identification of the “gay gene” is imminent and will lead women to terminate pregnancies based on the possibility that their children could grow up to be gay or lesbian.

Duprey claimed that the idea for the bill occurred to him while listening to the extremist right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. The bill, dismissed as irrelevant by individuals on both sides of the abortion debate, died in committee.


L.D. 908, 122nd Sess. (Me. 2005); Press Release, The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, PLAGAL Supports Bill to Prohibit Abortions of Gay Unborn Children (March 7, 2005).

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