This evening we are hosting a Tweet Storm in collaboration with our partners, Homeless Voices for Justice (HVJ), about their proposed bill LD 1294—the “Dignity Pilot”. Our partnership with HVJ is the result of MFP’s investment in working to advance reproductive justice in our state, which requires a focus on current economic injustices and the … Continue reading Fight for #Dignity4All
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It’s National Nurses Week! That means it’s time to celebrate the compassionate, dedicated, and expert nurse practitioners who work at Maine Family Planning’s 18 clinics statewide. Our NPs are the backbone of our health care organization. They provide birth control, wellness exams, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings, HIV prophylaxis, and some aspects of abortion … Continue reading Celebrating MFP’s Dedicated Nurse Practitioners
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On Wednesday, May 1, the legislature’s Committee On Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services (HCIFS) will hold a hearing on LD 1261, a bill that would end Maine’s outdated law preventing qualified and trained nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians (APCs) from providing abortion care. Maine Family Planning supports this bill, along with our … Continue reading Ending Maine’s Outdated Abortion Ban Is Just Common Sense
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LD 820, An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine, was passed out of the legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee this week. That’s great news! Thank you to everyone who showed up at the state house for the hearing or contacted the committee about this … Continue reading Maine Moves Closer to Equitable Abortion Access
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For 40 days in March and April, anti-abortion protesters were outside Maine Family Planning’s clinic in Augusta, peddling lies and propaganda. During this time, our patients and providers were forced daily to drive by gruesome, misleading signs, just to get to work or medical appointments. The picketers, while small in number, seemed emboldened this year. … Continue reading 40 Facts for 40 Days: Fighting Fear With Facts
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Maine Family Planning is a proud organizational member of the Maine Coalition for Sensible Drug Policy, and today we will be delivering the below testimony in support of LD 949, An Act to Prevent Overdose Deaths, sponsored by Representative Mike Sylvester of Portland. Over the past few years, MFP has been seeking out points of … Continue reading We Have To Keep Our People Alive: Supporting Overdose Prevention Sites Aligns With MFP Values
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One of the topics MFP’s Prevention Program covers in its comprehensive sexuality education curriculum is healthy relationships. Patients also confidentially discuss their relationships with MFP clinicians during regular wellness visits. How do you know if you’re in a healthy relationship? Ask yourself some questions: Does my partner respect my choices? Does my partner support my … Continue reading How to Know If You’re in a Healthy Relationship
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Have you been watching — and loving — Shrill, Hulu’s new comedy series adapted from Lindy West’s book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman? We have! One episode raised questions about the effectiveness of emergency contraception for folks above a certain weight or BMI. Does the morning-after pill have a weight limit? We asked Evelyn Kieltyka, MFP’s … Continue reading What’s Up With Emergency Contraception & Your Weight?
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We the undersigned represent organizations with memberships and constituents in all corners of the state that strongly oppose LD 871: An Act To Establish the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Transferring Illegal Drugs through Breast Milk. At a time when no Maine community is untouched by tragic losses stemming from chaotic … Continue reading Care, Not Criminalization: Open Letter Opposing LD 871
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At Maine Family Planning, we believe your access to abortion care should not depend on how much money you make, where you live or who provides your health insurance. Your decisions about pregnancy are yours to make — not politicians or insurance companies. That’s why we stand with our allies in supporting LD 820, An … Continue reading Sign On To Support Equitable Abortion Access With LD 820
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Puberty is an incredible time of growth, change, and challenges — and helping young people navigate this unfamiliar landscape sets them up to enter adolescence with confidence and knowledge. Most elementary schools in Maine do not have designated health teachers, so the responsibility of teaching puberty — if it happens at all — often falls … Continue reading Who’s Teaching Puberty in Maine?
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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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