In reading the messages that family planning supporters have sent to their state senators and representatives during this legislative session, I’m struck by the many different ways people identify themselves.
These are all Mainers who feel strongly about the importance of family planning, taking time out of their busy lives to compose and send a message to the decision makers in Augusta.
I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of the variety of Mainers who support family planning, in their own words.
I am a woman and an educator.
I am a registered nurse.
I am a teacher.
As one who volunteers at Long Creek Youth Development Center…
I am a family physician.
As a woman and a Mainer…
I am a 26 year old female from Maine.
As a certified nurse midwife…
I am a school nurse at a high school.
I have spent 35 years working for an anti-poverty organization.
As a woman and a mother of daughters…
Men and women, people of all ages, people who have relied on family planning services in the past and those who still rely on Maine’s family planning providers for their basic health care and low-cost birth control, families with adequate resources and families who are struggling to make ends meet — Mainers who support family planning are… get this… regular, every-day people.
The diversity of family planning supporters in Maine doesn’t surprise me. In a 2002 study done by Portland Research Group, 82% of Mainers surveyed said they favored state government funding for family planning services.
In general, Mainers are a pretty practical bunch and we know a good deal when we see it. Spending government dollars to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections makes good sense from both a fiscal and public-health perspective.
Let me add my voice to the chorus — I am a mother of four adult children — and I support family planning.