Citing her record as a champion for women’s rights and reproductive rights, the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC endorsed Janet Mills for governor of Maine.
“Janet Mills has been a champion for women’s rights and reproductive rights throughout her career as an attorney, a lawmaker, and the state’s first woman Attorney General,” said Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy for the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC. “She has a vision for Maine that protects the rights of Maine people to make their own decisions about their futures. She understands that Maine people want better, more affordable access to health care. She will work to make sure that people have access to the care they need --- including sexual and reproductive health care.”
Marissa Laramie, a student at the University of New England, spoke about her and Mills’ shared belief in the importance of access to affordable health care and called on her peers and high schoolers who are or will be 18 to get involved in this election: “It’s up to us to elect leaders like Janet Mills who will protect our rights. But she can’t do it alone. Just as we need her, she needs us. She needs us to register to vote, to find our polling places, and to make a plan to vote, either by absentee ballot or on election day.”
Sara Gilfenbaum, a Planned Parenthood supporter, shared her experience obtaining a safe and legal abortion and her fears that Shawn Moody, an opponent of abortion and reproductive rights, would turn back the clock: “Unlike Shawn Moody, Janet understands that politicians don’t belong in our doctors’ offices. The decision to end a pregnancy, choose adoption, or become a parent is a decision for you to make.”
Nicole Clegg also highlighted Shaw Moody’s troubling agenda, which includes support for forced delays, biased counseling, and medically inaccurate information for women seeking an abortion, and a pledge to advance the agenda of an extreme anti-abortion organization, a platform that includes targeting Planned Parenthood and interfering in the decisions women make about their pregnancies.
“His agenda has no place in Maine,” said Clegg. “We need a governor who will solve problems, not create more.”
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund supporters and volunteers will be campaigning in the coming weeks to elect Mills and candidates for legislature who will advance women’s rights and reproductive rights.
Maine’s general election will be held Tuesday November 6.
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.