GOP measures target key health care provider, reproductive health
Democratic leaders are standing firm against House Republicans’ political efforts to roll back access to health care for Maine women and families.
“Maine women and families can count on us to turn back any effort to block access to health care and family planning. These bills will not go forward,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. “Maine Republicans should not continue the false national attacks on Planned Parenthood. The national political circus has no place in the Maine House.”
House Republican lawmakers on Friday announced four measures submitted for the second session that threaten access to health care and family planning.
“The upcoming legislative session is for emergency bills only. These proposals are anything but,” said Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dawn Hill of York. “Our sputtering job growth is an emergency. Our drug crisis is an emergency. These proposals are nothing but thinly veiled attempts to cripple a leading provider of health care while undermining a woman's access to safe, legal abortion. We don't have time for this nonsense. We have work to do.”
“Democratic leaders are united against these attacks on Planned Parenthood, women’s reproductive rights and access to health care. We know that Planned Parenthood is vital to the health and well-being of 10,000 Maine women, men and young people,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon of Freeport. “We stand with all the Mainers across the state who reject these tactics.”
“The fight in Washington brought out fringe elements in Congress that were willing to send our country hurtling toward government shutdown. Smear campaigns and discredited, doctored video footage masqueraded as policy debate,” said House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan. “It was all about advancing an agenda to limit women’s access to safe, legal abortion. We don’t want to bring this political circus to our state.”
“The simple fact is that any plan to weaken Planned Parenthood is a plan to weaken access to affordable, quality health care. That’s why Mainers overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood, and oppose these baseless, ideological attacks against it,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland.
The Legislative Council will consider bills for the second session when it meets Thursday. A bill needs a majority vote to move forward for the legislative session that beings in January.