AUGUSTA — Several anti-abortion groups announced Friday they will launch a referendum to try to ban a form of late-term abortion in Maine.
The principal organizers include the Christian Civic League of Maine, the Maine Right to Life Committee and the Christian Coalition of Maine.
The Legislature last year considered a bill that would have banned the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. The House passed it, but the Senate rejected the proposal.
If the groups succeed in getting enough signatures by Jan. 21, the matter will go before the Legislature, which can either pass its own law or send it to a referendum in November 1999.
To force a referendum, the campaign will have to collect an amount of signatures equal to 10 percent of the voters who turn out in this November’s gubernatorial election.