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2021 is on track to become the worst legislative year ever for abortion rights in the U.S., with more than 560 abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures in 47 states in the U.S., including in Texas, where the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the U.S. was enacted Sept. 1. QUICK ACTION: Join an Oct. 2 march or rally in support of abortion rights an find out how YOU can help support, protect, and expand abortion access for all people.
2021 was a remarkable year for the Maine Legislature, not just because of the pandemic. The first half of 130th Maine Legislature was also remarkable because of the number of laws passed that will directly improve the lives of all Mainers. Read about some of the legislative wins in our Victories & Good News Roundup: 2021 Maine Legislature Edition.
Just before midnight Sept. 1, 2021, Brett Kavanaugh joined a conservative Supreme Court majority to overturn Roe v Wade in Texas. Although Sen. Susan Collins has yet to comment, we know her response cannot include claim that she didn’t know this would happen. Because in 2018, leaders of Suit Up Maine and four advocacy groups met with Maine’s senators’ judicial advisers on Kavanaugh’s record. Her senior staff included the case review we prepared in her official briefing book. Read our report on these cases and Kavanaugh’s relevant history.
2021 has been a record-breaking year for legislation targeting transgender people in the U.S., with more than 100 anti-trans bills in 33 states as of mid-April. Although measures did pass in some states, three anti-trans bills introduced in Maine were defeated in the Legislature, with the last bill dying July 19. QUICK ACTION: Our new Guide for Trans Allies cuts through the spin from supporters of anti-trans legislation and offers tips to help you be a better ally.
Every bill that goes before the Maine Legislature gets a public hearing, offering Mainers an opportunity to make their voice heard on every piece of legislation our elected officials consider. It’s a hallmark of our citizen Legislature and a key step to holding our elected officials accountable. Suit Up Maine testified on more than a dozen bills during the first half of the 130th Legislature, on issues ranging from housing to health care to racial justice. Read our testimony and learn more about the bills we tracked.
We tracked more than 60 bills this year in the Maine Legislature, which adjourned July 19. QUICK ACTION: Read about the good bills we helped pass and the bad bills we helped defeat in our Legislature Roundup Wrap-Up!
On April 22 the World will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. From saying no-thanks to single-use disposable products to learning better recycling hygiene, our list of 51 lifestyle changes compiled in partnership with various environmental groups offers easy and creative ways for your family to live lighter on the planet by celebrating Earth Day every day.
Hoaxes, fabricated stories, and misinformation spread like wildfire on social media sites. Learn how to identify false stories, report hoaxes, correct inaccuracies and #ProtectTheTruth with eight powerful tips.