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Let's Talk With Our Teen Volunteers

October is Let’s Talk Month, which is all about the importance of parents talking to their kids about sex, sexuality, gender, and relationships. Open, honest communication helps young people be safer and more informed, and have less shame around sex. To highlight the different ways kids and teens learn about sex, I talked to PPMEAF’s youth group, who are volunteers between the ages of 13-21. The teens interviewed in this piece are all around 15 years old and have used aliases for their own privacy.

Oct. 28, 2019

Intern Story: Working at Planned Parenthood in a tumultuous time

We are living in such a critical moment in this country’s political history and leading the fight for reproductive rights has been an extraordinary opportunity.

Sept. 12, 2019

Intern story: Planned Parenthood helped me redirect my career path

I had already completed my degree, experienced the 9-5 office life, and viewed the “real world” through a different lens than a college student might. However, the staff at the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund recognized that this internship would be a valuable learning experience for a post-grad gal trying to renavigate her career path, and they welcomed me with open arms.

Aug. 21, 2019

Intern story: A pregnancy scare forced me to examine my own beliefs about abortion

It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that my views took a slight turn. It was the spring semester and a couple weeks before finals. I was on birth control, but I had missed my period. I tried to stay calm and convince myself I had just missed it because I was stressed about finals, but I was getting more nervous that I might be pregnant. That’s when abortion crossed my mind.

Aug. 8, 2019

5 things you can do to protect safe, legal abortion in Maine

Let’s be clear — the People’s Veto is an attempt to take away safe, legal abortion and does nothing to help Mainers get the care they need. We’ll be working hard over the coming months to protect safe, legal abortion in Maine. Want to help? Here are five things you can do right now.

July 19, 2019

A GenAction couple on their first Pride together

I felt self conscious in my outfit and of looking too visible. And then my partner and I reached the Planned Parenthood lineup of pink and my fears melted away. The group was so full of love and excitement, I couldn’t help but feel swept up by it.

June 24, 2019

Volunteer Chaplain Rev. Tamara Torres McGovern on the abortion bans

Today I am holding the abortions stories of all of the women I have met (and those I haven't) with tenderness and compassion.

May 16, 2019

Activism in Action: Increasing Access to Care

It started with a seemingly simple desire to make emergency contraception more readily available to college students in Maine.

Feb. 28, 2019

Health care providers across the country say: No Gag Rule.

While the importance of Title X was always clear to me, I had never seen - up close and in person - the fear of not receiving basic and necessary healthcare until I came to Planned Parenthood to work directly with patients.

June 27, 2018