Republican US House majority fast tracks anti-abortion bills following overwhelming rebuke
of GOP anti-abortion rhetoric in the November 2022 election
(Portland, MAINE) – Today, the finally sworn-in Republican House majority of the 118th Congress fast tracked anti-abortion bills as their first order of business, despite voters overwhelmingly turning out in support of abortion rights in the 2022 midterms.
Maine Representatives Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree, both Democrats, voted against the two measures considered today.
The anti-abortion legislation voted on today aim to peddle misinformation about abortion care to address a made-up problem and to disingenuously condemn violence at anti-abortion facilities while ignoring the mounting violence and threats against patients and abortion providers.
Statement from Nicole Clegg, Senior VP of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund:
“Voters in Maine and across the country sent a clear message in November: We do not want politicians making private medical decisions for us. Yet, the first order of business of the narrow anti-abortion rights majority in the U.S. House directly contradicts the will and needs of the people. This is a dangerous and unpopular agenda that puts abortion providers and patients at risk.
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund applauds Reps. Golden and Pingree for their votes standing against this ill-conceived and harmful legislation. We know attacks on our reproductive rights and freedoms will continue at the federal and state levels, and we remain committed to defeating these attacks and to working with lawmakers aligned with the will of their constituents to expand access to abortion and related sexual and reproductive healthcare in our post-Roe world.”
The Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund Political Action Committee promotes and preserves a health care landscape and a political climate favorable to women’s health by working to identify and elect supportive candidates seeking executive and legislative offices. The PPMEAF PAC is operated by the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.