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[PORTLAND] -- Citing his 100% voting record and commitment to reproductive health and rights, the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC is endorsing the Honorable Craig Hickman of Winthrop in the Senate District 14 special election. 

Leaders like Hickman are necessary to protect our health and rights.

“As a warrior for freedom and justice, Craig Hickman understands the importance of protecting our health and rights,” said Nicole Clegg, spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC. “He has spent the past eight years championing justice and dignity for all people as a State Representative and he will continue to be a strong voice in the State Senate for affordable, high-quality reproductive health care for Mainers.”

In the midst of a public health pandemic, anti-abortion legislators have introduced an unprecedented number of bills trying to take away reproductive health care or shame people who need an abortion.

Last week, the US Supreme Court’s issued its first ruling in support of restrictions on safe, legal abortion since the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barret secured a 6-3 anti-abortion majority on the court.

“We can no longer count on the courts to protect our health and rights,” added Clegg. “This loss heightens the importance of election pro-reproductive rights candidates like Craig Hickman at the state level to stop anti-abortion bills from becoming law in the first place.”

A record 77% of Americans support safe, legal abortion and a recent Maine poll found that no matter respondents’ personal feelings about abortion, they want the experience of getting an abortion to be supportive (83%), affordable (79%), available in your community (79%), without added burdens (76%), and covered by insurance (70%).

The special election for state Senate District 14 will be held Tuesday, March 9. Voters in SD 14 can request an absentee ballot from the Secretary of State’s office or vote early in-person at their town offices during regular office hours.