Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Women Have a Way of “Shutting that Whole Thing Down”

The People have spoken and – wow – did they have a lot to say!

In Maine, 76% of all registered voters participated in this election and turnout was very high all across the country.  Some results we’re especially happy about are:

  • We elected a president who will nominate judges like Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to any future vacancies on the Supreme Court.
  • The incoming U.S. Senate will have a record number of female Senators, including Tammy Baldwin (WI), the first out gay member of the Senate and Mazie Hirono (HI), the first Asian American female Senator;
  • Across the country, the reprehensible anti-rape, anti-choice crowd, including Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (MO), Richard “Gift from God” Mourdock (IN), and Joe “No such thing as life and health of the mother” Walsh (IL), were sent packing.
  • Four states – Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and MAINE!!!! – voted to grant gay and lesbian couples equal rights to civil marriage under the law.
  • Here in Maine, our pro-choice, pro-family planning majority in the legislature was strengthened, as dozens of new supporters of reproductive justice were elected to represent Maine communities in Augusta.  And we elected a strong pro-choice, pro-family planning advocate to the U.S. Senate.

Here at the Family Planning Association of Maine, we are heartened by the strong, clear statement the people of Maine and the people of the U.S. have made with their votes.  We are preparing for the days ahead in Augusta and in Washington, knowing that we have you on our side.  Onward!

~ Kate

There’s Just One More Thing to Do – Vote!

  • You’ve received a slew of emails about it…
  • You’ve had numerous conversations with friends and family on the topic…
  • And you’ve seen countless TV ads regarding the issues and people involved…

Now, there’s just one more thing to do and it’s one of the most important things any of us will do this November.

On Tuesday, November 6th, exercise your constitutional right to vote!

Need more information about the who, what, when, where and why of voting?

Here’s a down-and-dirty guide to Election 2012 online resources: Continue reading

For Me, It All Comes Down to the Judges

I don’t know about you, but the constant patter of election rhetoric has worn me out.

The campaigns, the PACs, our friends on Facebook, they’re all telling us what’s really important about this election:  it’s about The Economy, it’s about The War on Women, it’s about The Environment, it’s about The War on Terror.

Here’s a factor that few of them are talking about, but one that will make a huge difference in all of these issues and so many more — Continue reading

The Greatest Thing Since Birth Control

Have you been watching the political conventions?

Are you inspired by the speeches from politicians? Turned off by the commentary from pundits?

It’s easy to see these national political conventions as pageants, with no connection to the day-to-day challenges we all face.  But let’s not lose sight of the fact that these conventions and the endless campaign ads lead up to the election.

Election Day gives Maine voters an opportunity to have a real say in issues that affect us every day.

On Tuesday, November 6th (just 8 weeks away), every voter in Maine will get the opportunity to cast their vote for: Continue reading

“Legitimate Rape” — The Real Agenda

By now, you’ve probably heard the astonishing comments about rape and abortion made by Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri).

Akin, a long-time opponent of abortion rights, is running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri.  When asked on local TV about whether he thinks women who have been raped should be able to access abortion, Akin said, “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

That’s right. According to Representative Akin, a woman’s body can tell the difference between sperm from a rapist and sperm from consensual sex, and can “shut that whole thing down.”  Which means, of course, if a woman says she became pregnant as a result of rape, she must be lying. And if you’re trying to outlaw abortion, there’s no need to provide for an exception for rape survivors, because survivors of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant.

Politicians of all persuasions have expressed outrage at Akin’s statements. And they’re right. This is outrageous.

But here’s what’s really troubling — Akin didn’t just make this stuff up on his own.  When you look at what’s happened in Congress over the past two years, you’ll see that Todd Akin isn’t the renegade crackpot his party is making him out to be, he’s in the mainstream of the conservative majority in Congress. Continue reading

Good News for Mainers — Supreme Court Upholds ACA

Just in time for the July 4th holiday, there was good news coming out of Washington last week!

On June 28, the Supreme Court upheld almost all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision means that tens of millions of Americans who are currently uninsured will have access to comprehensive health insurance coverage, either through Medicaid or private insurance.

Here at the FPA, we’re thrilled with the Supreme Court decision because the ACA includes several provisions that are critical to the reproductive health of Maine women, teens, and young adults.  These include: Continue reading