Protecting Reproductive Rights
In Maine, we have laws that explicitly protect reproductive rights and we’re fortunate that Governor Mills is committed to upholding Roe v. Wade. But in June, a deeply partisan U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of an established right to body autonomy.
The Judiciary Act (cosponsor), which would expand the United States Supreme Court by adding four seats, creating a 13-justice Supreme Court mirroring the number of US appellate courts
More than 1,000 Mainers protest the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022.
In September 2021, I voted with House Democrats to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). This bill would codify Roe v. Wade into law and ensure our constitutional rights aren't limited by income or zip code. Shamefully, every House Republican voted against abortion access. Read the Women’s Health Protection Act
In June 2022, the Supreme Court issued its barbaric opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, ending our body autonomy and letting the government control our decision about whether to have children.
Snapshot of the survey results:
I was deeply moved that so many of my constituents shared stories about their complicated pregnancies and miscarriages. Their stories are no one’s business, but I'm grateful they felt compelled to speak up because abortion is health care, not a political football.
Below is a sampling of the thousands of written responses I received:
“Both I and my daughter had difficult, traumatic pregnancies. I fear for both my daughters if Roe is overturned. Their health, economic status and their very lives are at risk. Not only would they not have the option of abortion, but I believe doctors would be hesitant to provide care in high-risk pregnancy cases for fear of having to deal with ramifications of miscarriages, or of treatments that resulted in any danger to the fetus.”
“This is about women’s rights, all of them: reproductive choice, voting, equal pay—it’s an attack on women. I have lived through pre-Roe to now and I know we are going backwards fast. I fear for the right of my granddaughters and their children.”
“As a man who has full control over my body women deserve the same right. Period!!”
“I am old enough to remember women dying from illegal abortions. This will be a disaster for women, men, and girls. I will haul my old body into the streets once again, to fight this effort to turn female humans into lesser beings!”
“I am an everyday wife, mother, and grandmother. I had a safe, legal abortion. I want my daughters and my granddaughters to have that same option if / when they experience and unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. Their right to choose the path to their future is what's at stake. Please do everything in your power to protect them so that they can choose the future that is right for them. Our extended family will support your work in every way we can.”
While we are fortunate to have a Governor who has pledged to uphold abortion access in Maine, our reproductive rights should not be at risk every election year. Republican-led states are already creating horrific laws that would jail women for obtaining abortion care.
Read my op-ed in the Portland Press Herald outlining why we must save Roe v. Wade.