Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Thanks Senators Collins and King for Standing with Women and Opposing Harmful, Unpopular Abortion Ban
Portland, Maine – Senators Collins and King today stood with Maine women and their ability to make their own health care decisions by voting to against a harmful and unpopular bill that would have banned all abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization with extremely limited exceptions.
This extreme ban is deeply unpopular with the American public, which is why the bill was blocked and two Republicans including Senator Susan Collins joined their Democratic colleagues to reject it.
This extreme bill includes what could be near impossible hurdles for women who are survivors of sexual assault seeking safe and legal abortion – potentially requiring two separate medically unnecessary appointments with two separate providers over the course of 48 hours. The bill also denies an exception to survivors of incest over the age of 18 and continues to require a woman under the age of 18 to report to law enforcement or a government agency, before they can receive safe and legal abortion
Statement from Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy:
“We thank Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for their votes to reject this harmful bill today and trusting women to make the health care decision that is right for them. The onslaught of attacks against Planned Parenthood in the past few months are unprecedented and wrong-headed. These attacks have real consequences for real women which is why we are grateful to Senators Collins and King for standing on the side of Maine women today.”
Earlier today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America released a video, “April’s Story: One Woman’s Experience of Having An Abortion at 21 Weeks,” which shares the story of a woman named April Salazar, who, while 18 weeks pregnant, found out with her husband that their baby had lethal skeletal dysplasia — meaning the baby would never be able to breathe on his own. If she carried the pregnancy to term and he was born alive, he would have died shortly after of suffocation. April hoped the news wasn’t true, so she requested more tests to confirm the diagnosis, which took two weeks. At 21 weeks, she had an abortion. April shares her story because she has found that it can change opinions. Several people she knows personally who previously had been anti-abortion told her that they would have done the same thing she did.
View the video here: https://youtu.be/30GY9H_M2e0
Abortion later in pregnancy is very rare — nearly 99 percent of abortions in the U.S. occur before 21 weeks — and often happens under complex circumstances. Because these laws prevent doctors from giving their patients the best health care possible, leading medical organizations (like Physicians for Reproductive Health and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) condemn them — as do the American people: When Americans understand the real-world impact of this extreme ban, a solid 60 percent of voters oppose them, and a strong majority of voters — Republicans (62 percent), Democrats (78 percent), and Independents (71 percent) — say this is the wrong issue for Congress and their state legislators to be spending time on.
Six in 10 young Americans believe abortion should be available in all or most cases, and 68 percent believe it should be available in their own community.
About PPNNE: PPNNE, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care services, and sexuality education in northern New England. Last year, PPNNE served more than 41,000 women, men, and teens across 21 health centers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and provided $7.2 million worth of free and discounted health care. To learn more, visit http://www.ppnne.org.
Nicole D. Clegg
Vice President of Public Policy, Maine
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund Political Action Committee
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