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Like many in our community, the leaked Supreme Court opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade filled me with sadness and fear. Although the news was not a total surprise, for many of us it did make us realize how close we are to losing a fundamental right that has been recognized in this country for 50 years: the right of people to be in charge of their own health. reproductive health, and decide whether and when to start a family. As scary as that prospect is, it’s important for everyone to know that, for now, Roe remains the law of the land, and people in all 50 states can still have legal abortions.

But as we’ve seen in the news, this hasn’t stopped state legislatures across the country from reducing this right, especially in the last two years. States have closed clinics that offer abortion services, banned abortions after as little as six weeks (before many people know they’re pregnant), and implemented mandatory waiting periods that only cause more harm and distress. There are also states preparation of legislation that would automatically outlaw abortions should Roe be overturned. Fortunately, in Maine, the right to safe, affordable, and legal abortion remains codified in our laws, due in large part to the work that my colleagues in the Legislature and I were able to accomplish in recent years.

Just last year, the Maine Legislature voted against six bills designed to limit Maineans’ rights to abortion care. This included bills that would repeal insurance coverage for abortion services for MaineCare patients, a bill that would require unnecessary ultrasounds and waiting periods for people seeking abortions, and bills that posed a serious threat to pregnant people by promoting the dangerous “reversal of abortion”. drugs

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Instead, lawmakers recognized that abortion care is health care and that access to safe, legal, and affordable abortion benefits individuals, families, and society as a whole. We made it possible for more types of health care providers to legally provide abortions by recognizing that there are qualified medical professionals, in addition to physicians, who can provide such care. We require insurance to cover abortion services so that no matter where you live in Maine or how much money you make, you can afford the care you need.

But my colleagues and I also recognized that people’s autonomy over their reproductive health doesn’t start the moment they become pregnant or end the moment they give birth. To help support people starting families when they’re ready, we require insurance coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive optionsand we passed a law requiring state-regulated insurance plans cover fertility care. We also postpartum care expanded insurance coverage to ensure that parents and their new babies can get a healthy and supportive start, and expanded low-cost health care coverage for children. These are just a few of the many steps we have taken to support the children and families of Maine.

As most of us recognize, making abortion illegal will not stop people from having abortions. What it will do is force people to seek abortions in illegal and unsafe settings. While Mainers has its rights protected for now, it is important that we recognize the seriousness of this moment and remain vigilant. A simple majority in the Maine Legislature is all it takes for anti-abortion legislators to take away those rights.

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If you have any questions about the legislation we passed in this session, or if I can help connect you with resources to help you and your family, please contact me at any time. You can email me at [email protected], call or text my cell phone at (207) 200-6224, or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChloeForSenate. You can also sign up for my regular email newsletter by visiting www.mainesenate.org.

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