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Our state legislature is our last line of defense when it comes to keeping abortion safe and legal in Maine. That’s why it’s imperative that Mainers know where their candidates stand on sexual and reproductive healthcare and related issues.

Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund & PAC has vetted and endorsed candidates in key state legislative races. These candidates believe politicians have no business interfering with Mainers’ personal, private medical decisions. They’ll fight to keep abortion legal and expand reproductive healthcare access in Maine. Their opponents, on the other hand, will put our rights and freedoms at risk.

Know your candidate. Vote your values.

House District 65

Anne Gass ● Activist and women’s suffrage historian committed to protecting sexual and reproductive healthcare in Maine

State Representative Amy Arata

 ● Has an 11% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine

● In 2021, co-sponsored a medically dangerous abortion reversal bill

● Voted to force clinicians to provide biased information to their patients if they are even considering abortion

 

Senate District 1

Senator Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook)

● Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine

● Helped defeat 6 bills designed to restrict abortion access ● Sponsored a bill that would allow Mainers, not insurance companies, to choose the method of birth control they want to use

● In a video interview shared in May 2022, Jackson said “A person that is going through this should have the decision, not 7 or 8 people down in D.C., not state legislators, and certainly not Troy Jackson… We’re going to fight like crazy that [the Reproductive Privacy Act] here in Maine is held in Maine. The same standard that people have had before should continue.”

State Representative Sue Bernard

● Would undo reproductive rights and freedoms progress we’ve made in Maine

● Last cycle, as state representative, Bernard voted for bills that would remove insurance coverage for low-income Mainers and forced clinicians to share bogus medical information with patients considering abortion

● Planned Parenthood gives Bernard an 11% rating, but she enjoys a 100% rating from Maine Right to Life.

 

Senate District 8

Mike Tipping

  • Helped pass life-changing legislation in Maine through his advocacy work with Maine People’s Alliance
  • Committed to protecting reproductive freedoms here in Maine and is working on issues to support families including paid family leave.

Eric Rojo

  • No previous statehouse experience
  • Shared his backwards ideologies and dangerous policy ideas on social media
  • Volunteered (via tweet) to work for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who defended her state’s anti-abortion ban.

 

Senate District 11

State Senator Glenn “Chip” Curry (D-Waldo)

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine
  • Has stood up for reproductive rights and voted against bills designed to insert politicians in the decisions people make about pregnancy

State Representative MaryAnne Kinney

  • Has an 11% voting record on reproductive healthcare issues
  • In 2021, co-sponsored bill that would force clinicians to share medically false information about abortion reversal with their patients
  • Voted to allow employers to discriminate against employees for using birth control
  • Voted to allow insurance companies to deny coverage of abortion and voted against access to family planning for low-income Mainers.
  • Voted against Mainecare expansion and against covid relief. 

 

Senate District 13

Cameron Reny

  • Has relied on Planned Parenthood’s services herself and understands how critical having affordable access to reproductive healthcare can be
  • In her Planned Parenthood questionnaire she wrote, “There were years when Planned Parenthood was the only routine medical care I could afford to access. PP provides essential services and your funding should be protected."
  • Reny is committed to keeping abortion safe and legal and to expanding access to healthcare broadly for all Mainers

Former State Representative Abden Simmons

  • Has a track record of opposing social service programs and policies that would help Maine’s veterans
  • As an elected official in 2017, Simmons supported creating a wrongful death statute for abortions later in pregnancy
  • In 2018 he voted against banning the harmful conversion therapy in Maine

 

Senate District 14

State Senator Craig Hickman (D-Kennebec)

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare legislation

In a 2022 statement, Hickman said, “I wholeheartedly believe that the government has no business in the affairs of people and their health care providers. As my mother, who was as pro-life as anybody I know, was wont to say, an abortion is between a woman, her doctor and her God … I will always fight to protect reproductive freedom.”

State Representative Jeff Hanley

  • Voted against access to family planning services for low-income Mainers
  • Voted to allow employers to discriminate against employees for using birth control and to allow insurance companies to deny coverage of abortion care

 

Senate District 20

Former State Representative Bettyann Sheats

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare legislation
  • Believes decisions about pregnancy are best left to pregnant people, their clinicians, family and faith 
  • In 2019, co-sponsored an Equal Rights Amendment that would prohibit discrimination based on gender

Former State Senator Erik Brakey

  • Voted for a bill targeting doctors who provide abortion care to their patients with medically unnecessary restrictions and requirements
  • Voted to allow employers to discriminate against employees for using birth control
  • Voted to allow insurance companies to deny coverage of abortion care
  • Attempted to defund Planned Parenthood with a last-minute floor amendment while serving in the State Senate. The unpopular amendment was defeated but that didn’t stop Brakey from using the stunt to raise money for a failed campaign for US Senate against Angus King

 

Senate District 21

Former State Representative Margaret “Peggy” Rotundo

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare legislation
  • Believes decisions about pregnancy are best left to pregnant people, their clinicians, family and faith
  • Has a long career of standing up for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights

❌Lewiston city councilor Ricky LaChapelle

  • Drafted a resolution in May that condemned diversity curriculums in the public school system, programs, the draft resolution alleged, “that many believe are distilled from Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project and similar things which contain radical thinking” that the councilors believe “are counterproductive and have no place in the City of Lewiston or Lewiston Public Schools.”

 

Senate District 24

State Senator Eloise Vitelli

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine

In a video interview shared in May 2022, Vitelli said, “This right to control our own lives, our own bodies, is fundamental to women’s ability to live full lives as full members of our society… We will not stop until we are assured that this right is respected and protected across the country.”

Matthew Brackley

  • Would support restrictions on Maine’s abortion laws and does not support exceptions for rape or incest [Lincoln County News, 9/6/22]
  • Has shared content on social media suggesting suggesting children in kindergarten are being taught “transgenderism”

 

Senate District 25

Teresa Pierce

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine
  • During the 2022 legislative session, Peirce voted against a bill that would’ve required healthcare providers to give patients medically inaccurate information about so-called “abortion reversal,” is opposed by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Jennifer White

  • In 2021 she filed testimony opposing civics instruction in schools, writing that “histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should not be a History requirement for high school students.” 
  • Posted content on her facebook page denouncing LGBTQ cirriculum in Maine schools
  • In 2021, she wrote testimony opposing a bill that would allow Mainers to receive new birth certificates following a gender change
  • In 2019, White advocated for a bill that could lead to censorship of books in Maine schools. [WMTW, 2/4/19]

 

Senate District 28

Timothy Nangle

  • Is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund
  • Believes decisions about pregnancy are best left to pregnant people, their clinicians, family and faith

❌Former Sate Representative Gary Plummer

  • Voted to require biased information designed to shame or judge people seeking abortion (LD 760 RC #270 6/13/13)
  • Voted to deny people with low-incomes access to reproductive healthcare including birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings (LD 1247 RC #594 4/16/14)

 

Senate District 34

State Senator Joe Rafferty (D-York)

  • Has a 100% voting record on pro-sexual and reproductive healthcare issues in Maine
  • In a 2022 statement, Rafferty said, “Reproductive health care and reproductive rights are no different in my eyes. I am proud to have received this score and remain committed to protecting the health care rights of all Mainers so long as I am in the Legislature.”

Bradley “Scott” Ducharme

  • Believes that women should carry all pregnancies to term, even in the cases of rape, abortion, or danger to the health of the mother.
  • Shared medically unsound, anti-abortion propaganda content on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

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