A big part of what I love about my job is the variety of conversations I have with Family Planning Association of Maine allies and donors, clients and other staff members. I get to write about family planning, from an insider perspective, and you get to write back — sharing your opinions, experiences, and ideas. How wonderful is that?
Whether you’re responding to a Facebook status update, commenting on a blog post, or replying to an email message — so many of you have insightful things to say about the FPA and the value of family planning services. 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
In reading the messages that family planning supporters have sent to their state senators and representatives during this legislative session, I’m struck by the many different ways people identify themselves.
The current legislative session has kept the Family Planning Association of Maine and our supporters incredibly busy — communicating with our legislators about bills and budget decisions that will limit access to reproductive health care and reproductive rights for Maine’s women, men, and teens.