These are a few of my favorites blogs…
Writing a weekly blog takes commitment and guts in equal parts. You have to spend two or three times as much time reading and researching as you do writing. And you’ve got to believe you have something worth writing about, something people want to read.
Writing On the Front Lines for the FPA is a piece of cake in terms of having plenty of interesting material. The work of providing reproductive health care and protecting reproductive rights in Maine is multi-layered and varied. Basically, it’s fabulous material for a writer.
Staying on top of the necessary reading and research — now, that’s another story. I’ll be the first to admit that some weeks it’s quite the challenge.
Luckily, there are some amazing people writing about reproductive rights and reproductive health care. I depend on my fellow bloggers for ideas and inspiration.
As my holiday gift to you, I’m sharing a sampling of my favorite blogs. Enjoy! Continue reading
It’s been a busy week here at the FPA and what with the Labor Day holiday on top of the general busy-ness, I wasn’t able to write a full-blown blog post.
Luckily, there are a couple of excellent videos I’ve been wanting to share and they’re just a click away.
I promise I’ll be back with a real blog post next week, but in the meantime here are a couple of videos for you.
Enjoy! Continue reading
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Last week a colleague pointed out this little gem on the 40 Days for Life website. Apparently you can get credit at “Pro-Life University” for protesting in front of the FPA offices in Augusta.
This is just the sort of tidbit that fuels my imagination and I’m wondering what classes at a “pro-life university” might entail.
Here’s a list I came up with — Continue reading
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… Continue reading
As the current session of the Maine Legislature winds down, I’ve been reflecting on the recent challenges the FPA faced to our mission to ensure that all Maine people have access to reproductive health care and the right to control their reproductive lives.
After last November’s election, it was clear that a major change had taken place. Not only in Maine, but throughout the country, a more conservative mood prevailed among voters. For the first time since 1974, both houses of the Maine Legislature were going to be Republican lead and there were many new legislators whose stance on reproductive rights was unknown to us. The election of an anti-choice governor caused jubilation among anti-choice activists.
What, I wondered, did this mean for family planning and abortion care in our state? Read the rest of this entry
From the outset, FPA’s abortion care practice (Harris Institute for Reproductive Health) has had a dual mission: first, to provide the best possible care for Maine women; second, to provide health professionals an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of abortion care.
The official 40 Days for Life campaign comes to an end this Sunday. Then things get back to ‘normal’ at our Augusta health center, with protesters coming only twice a week instead of every day.
During the 40 Days for Life anti-choice protest, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes for us here at the FPA to provide abortion care services.
I don’t mean the medical side of things. The FPA follows the standards of care established by the National Abortion Federation.
I’m talking about the extra factors that abortion care providers have to consider. The key elements that create a supportive environment for patients, medical providers and staff.
It was 1967 and my mom was seventeen years old, alone and scared–navigating an unregulated, underground system of people claiming to be able to help her to end the pregnancy. She had nowhere to go, no one to call, no national hot-line for women considering an abortion or to even get information about what her options might be. All she had was the address of a dirty apartment in a big, unfamiliar city with enough money to get there and back.
I’ve been an abortion provider for about 10 years. Abortion work is many things for me but, at heart, it is a profound privilege and honor to serve the women we do. And I mean to include the young women who come to us as well as women in careers, women with young families, and countless other walks. All these women come, many crossing barriers of the most profound family and community opposition, in order to act on their belief that there is something better for themselves and their families. Something that lies beyond today’s daunting and probably painful procedure, today’s line of yelling protesters, and tomorrow’s social consequences.