I knew Maine had dodged a bullet this spring when our state legislature rejected several anti-family planning, anti-choice bills. But seeing a recent report from the Guttmacher Institute gives me a new perspective on the results in my home state. And it reminds me of what a friend used to say. You’re not being paranoid– they really are out to get you.
According to the report, 80 new abortion restrictions were enacted in the first six months of 2011. That’s more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005!
Clearly, the proposed bills in Maine were part of a larger strategy on the part of those who would deny women the right to make their own decisions about their pregnancies.
When I look at the Guttmacher report, it’s clear to me that the term “war on women” used so frequently during the last legislative session was not an exaggeration. And here’s why…There really is a nation-wide, well-coordinated effort to deny women and teens access to essential reproductive health care services across the United States. And their ultimate goal is to make abortion care services inaccessible in every single state.
The Guttmacher report is an affirmation of Maine’s amazing victory during a very challenging year.
But, for me, it’s also a wake up call. It’s a warning that, despite their disappointment with the results this year, anti-choice forces in Maine will continue their relentless assault on our reproductive rights. Sounds like a war on women to me!