Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) met Tuesday with Donald Trump’s supremely unpopular Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s record and judicial philosophy, which Maine Family Planning helped parse for this Suit Up Maine report released last week, indicate extreme hostility toward reproductive rights in general and abortion access in particular. This is troubling enough, … Continue reading On Collins, Kavanaugh, and Abortion Access
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Today, a statewide coalition representing tens of thousands of patients, providers, and advocates voiced its collective opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed Domestic Gag Rule, which would gut the Title X federal family planning program, making it harder for low-income Mainers to access affordable birth control and other reproductive health services. The proposed rule would: … Continue reading Statewide Defend Title X Coalition Declares: No Gag Rule!
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The Maine Family Planning #PledgeAProvider campaign, our answer to 40 days of anti-abortion picketing, is coming to a close. In the coming days, I’ll post a round-up of the fantastic quotes and recordings we’ve shared over the last six weeks, introducing you to members of our amazing team. We’ve raised over $10,000—a powerful reminder that … Continue reading #PledgeAProvider: Meet Kate, Our Public Policy Advocate
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Beginning February 14 and lasting 40 days through March 25, anti-abortion picketers are gathered every day outside the Maine Family Planning clinic in Augusta. Bearing deceptive signs and posters, their goal is to shame and intimidate patients who come to us seeking all types of health care, including abortion. Unsurprisingly, this noxious demonstration takes its toll … Continue reading Show Your Support as We Face Down Anti-Abortion Picketers
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The Trump Administration’s budget proposal released yesterday is an affront to women and families nationwide. It targets abortion providers like Maine Family Planning by prohibiting any Health and Human Services funding, including Medicaid and family planning funding, from going to any clinic or health care facility that also offers abortion services. While the move is … Continue reading Trump’s Dangerous Budget Proposal
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Last weekend, 12 dedicated women joined Maine Family Planning staff for the inaugural, intensive Fighting Forward Abortion Advocacy Training. While hundreds of Mainers participated in anniversary Women’s Marches and related events, our spirit of resistance to attacks on reproductive rights took a less visible but equally important form. The impetus for the training was a desire to honor 45 years since Roe … Continue reading Fighting Forward, Together
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Today, the US Supreme Court dealt a serious setback to women and families who deserve medically accurate and unbiased information related to pregnancy and family planning. (This was one of two disgraceful decisions issued today by the Court, and Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch provided the deciding vote in both of them. Elections matter, folks!) Maine … Continue reading US Supreme Court Lets Fake Clinics Off the Hook for Lies & Deception
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Imagine you just found out you’re pregnant and you may want an abortion. You need accurate, timely, trustworthy information about your options. Where would you turn? Most people would head straight to Google on their computer or smartphone, and search something like, “pregnancy help” or “abortion near me.” Beware: The results you get may not … Continue reading How Fake Clinics Use Google — and More — to Mislead Women
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For close to 50 years, Maine Family Planning has been the sole Title X grantee for the state of Maine, administering a bedrock federal program enacted under President Richard Nixon to ensure everyone has access to quality family planning services, regardless of how much money they make. At our 18 clinics statewide, and working with … Continue reading We’re Gearing Up to Fight Trump’s Gag Rule & Stop Title X Sabotage
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At the 2018 Birds & The Bees Spring Soiree, coming up on Saturday, Maine Family Planning will proudly bestow the David and Sherry Huber Award to our friends at Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!) — a homegrown reproductive rights organization just like us, working to preserve a legacy of choice, access, and Mainers’ right to make … Continue reading We’re Honoring Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!)
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Our 2018 #PledgeAProvider campaign has come to an end, and thanks to your generosity, we brought in over $11,000 to fund Maine Family Planning health care, sexuality education, and advocacy programs. The goal with this campaign was, as MFP board member Liz Hays wrote in a powerful op-ed published in the Portland Press Herald, “to … Continue reading Thank You for Funding the Front Lines of Reproductive Health
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The Maine Family Planning team is gearing up for our 13th annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference, taking place on Friday, April 6. With a timely keynote from renowned expert Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder; inspiring workshops covering a broad range of topics; and ample opportunities for networking and learning from peers, the sex ed conference really is a … Continue reading The Key to Healthy Relationships: Comprehensive Sex Ed
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