Category Archives: Reproductive Rights

Calling All Bloggers & Activists — Blog for Choice Day 2012

Election season has begun! The Iowa and New Hampshire primaries are behind us and in Maine, the Republican and Democratic caucuses are scheduled for later this winter.

Each year, election fatigue seems to set in earlier and earlier and the temptation to ignore it all grows stronger.  But this year, more than ever, tuning out is something we cannot afford to do. The 2012 election is a crucial one for pro-choice advocates and supporters. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions? Trying Something Different

Warning: My inner dork is revealed at the end of this post.

In years past, I’ve tended to establish new year’s resolutions with three basic themes:

  • Eat Healthier
  • Exercise More
  • Be Nicer

Like many people I know, my inner struggles don’t seem to change that much from year to year. Unless we’ve had a major, life-changing experience we tend to keep battling our well-known demons.

This year, I’ve decided to try something new — something that boils down to “find the positive” and “be part of the solution.”

What does this have to do with family planning and reproductive rights? Funny you should ask. Continue reading

Anti-Choice Protesting as a Career Path

Are you feeling ready for a career change but you’re just not sure what your next move might be?

Allow me to assist you.

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.

University credit?

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

2011: A Record-Breaking Year for Abortion Restrictions

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

From Trepidation to Affirmation — The 125th Legislature & Reproductive Rights

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