If ever there was a time when the outcome of an election matters for Mainers who care about reproductive rights, this is it! For two major reasons.
This November, voters in Maine will be asked to make a choice for almost all of our elected officials — President, U.S. Senators & Representatives and State Senators & Representatives. That’s right, our ballot will include all of those folks. That’s the first reason to get out and vote for choice this fall.
Here’s the second reason. Continue reading
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
Author Jean Baker, signs copies of her new book about Margaret Sanger
Last Wednesday, November 9th, about 100 people gathered at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport to hear author and historian, Jean Baker, talk about her new book, Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion.
Dr. Baker teaches history at Goucher College and has written several books on various topics in American history. Her lecture was enlightening and inspiring. Baker talked about Margaret Sanger as a person who was committed to improving the lives of women and their families, a woman who was a product of her times and who could be difficult, but who nevertheless gave her life to the effort to assure that every woman was, in Sanger’s own words, “the absolute mistress of her own body.”
In talking with Dr. Baker at the start of the evening, I was impressed by how interested she was in what’s happening with family planning in Maine. She asked as many or more questions than she answered. But Dr. Baker and her lecture are just a part of what made the evening so special to me.
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.