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

How We Provide Abortion Care

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.

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Can You Imagine It? — I Can

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.

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I am an Abortion Provider

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.

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40 Days of Lies

Welcome to the Family Planning Association of Maine’s new blog — On the Front Lines. The launch of OTFL on this date is not a random occurrence. We have consciously chosen to start our new blog in conjunction with the “40 Days” event that was launched today just outside the front gates of our Augusta Family Planning Health Center.

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On The Front Lines