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Maine Family Planning Urges Sen Collins to Oppose the Dangerous Healthcare Bill

June 23, 2017
Augusta, ME - Maine Family Planning is deeply concerned that the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a dangerous rolling back of coverage...
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MFP Statement on the Appointment of Teresa Manning as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs

May 1, 2017
Augusta, ME - Maine Family Planning learned today of the appointment of anti-family planning activist Teresa Manning to oversee the Title X federal family planning program. As Deputy Assistant Secretary...
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Bangor Daily News: What Bruce Poliquin gets wrong about women’s health care

Bangor Daily News published April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017
AUGUSTA, Me. — Last month, a supporter of Maine Family Planning sent us a copy of a letter he received from U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin about funding for Planned Parenthood. Poliquin went to great lengths...
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New York Times Op Ed: She's 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof visits Maine Family Planning

March 5, 2017
LEWISTON, Me. — She is 17 years old, has an alarming itch “down there” and has come to the family planning clinic because she doesn’t know where else to go. Sara Hayes, a...
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Maine Voices: Support Maine's Reproductive Privacy Act

Lewiston Sun Journal

February 14, 2017
By George Hill Published on Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 12:12 am | Last updated on Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 12:12 am What will the impact on access to abortion in Maine be if Neil Gorsuch is confirmed by...
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Maine Voices: Sessions’ record suggests he wouldn’t do justice to women’s rights

Portland Press Herald

January 17, 2017
AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jefferson Sessions to become the 83rd attorney general of the United States. The hearing comes more...
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Knox County Health Clinic honored


June 17, 2016
ROCKLAND — Maine Family Planning presented the Knox County Health Clinic with the Sue and Buzz Fitzgerald Beacon Award at the group's Spring Soiree. The Knox Clinic was selected for its "dedication...
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Donald Trump’s comments aside, we already punish women who seek abortions

By Jennifer Thibodeau, Andrea Irwin, and Anne Fowler

April 4, 2016
Last week, Donald Trump stated that there should be some kind of punishment for women who have abortions. We saw a heartening and swift response from friends, colleagues, leaders and the media: Trump’s...
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Maine Family Planning Expands Abortion Services Using Telemedicine Technology

February 29, 2016
AUGUSTA, ME -- Reproductive health clinics around the country are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of state-imposed restrictions, provider shortages, and hostile anti-choice environments....
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Why we are suing for equal access to abortion

By Andrea Irwin, George A. Hill and Meagan Gallagher

January 21, 2016
We lead three nonprofit, publicly accessible health care providers who provide comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care for men and women across the state. Together, we serve more than 21,500...
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Teen birth rate plummets in Maine, U.S. Census says

By Joe Lawlor, Portland Press Herald

December 5, 2015
Far fewer teenagers are giving birth in Maine than 10 years ago, according to new U.S. Census survey data. While the birth rate in Maine continues to decline among all age groups, the data show more...
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Maine ACLU Sues to Restore MaineCare Abortion Coverage

By Patti Wight, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

November 24, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Human Services over abortion coverage for women eligible for MaineCare. The suit contends that...
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Maine Family Planning Receives National Award

October 10, 2013
Freeport, ME – Clare Coleman, President and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, was in Maine to present the Family Planning Association of Maine with the Dr....
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Maine’s Teen Birth Rate Drops Dramatically

Similar Improvements in Other States

May 24, 2013
Augusta, ME - A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports a steep decline in teen birth rates in the United States between 2007 and 2011. The number of teens...
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