HEALTH CARE, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS & DISABILITY RIGHTS

Here are our Calls to Action, Guides, and Explainers on the health care, reproductive rights, and disability rights. Interested in helping us track legislation and policy on this topic at the state or federal level? Take action with us.

MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: This week in Augusta

Here’s our Legislature Roundup for the week of April 22, where you’ll find details on public hearings and work sessions on bills to ban single-use plastic bags, create a green new deal in Maine, reduce gun-related suicides, and domestic violence, create paid family and medical leave, and expand access to dental care. You’ll also find information on upcoming votes on a ban on conversion therapy, a bill to protect children against preventable diseases, and a bill to block all Indian-themed mascots at public schools in Maine. QUICK ACTION: Review this week’s public hearings, submit testimony on bills that matter to you, and tell your legislators how you’d like them to vote.

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FACT CHECK: Correcting anti-vaccine testimony

While measles outbreaks are spreading across 15 states and Maine’s pertussis rate is the worst in the nation, our state’s non-medical vaccination opt-out rate is more than triple the national average. At a recent hearing for a bill that would strengthen vaccination requirements for school children, false and misleading information was shared by anti-vaccination advocates. We decided to do some fact checking to set the record straight.

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Response to Sen. Collins’ Support of Brett Kavanaugh

Senator Collins has made her decision and will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. She has long called herself a moderate and a defender of women. With this decision, she showed Mainers and the nation that she is no moderate and certainly no champion of women.

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7 Reasons to Vote NO on Kavanaugh

He lied to Congress, is credibly accused of sexual assault, lacks judicial temperament, and is hostile to Roe v. Wade. Need more reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not serve on the Supreme Court?
We’ve got the top seven reasons right here. Share them with your Senators and tell them you want them to vote NO on Kavanaugh.

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Let the FBI Do Its Job: Key Witnesses for Kavanaugh Investigation

The FBI reopened its background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, but now the White House and Senate Republicans are attempting to drastically limit the people who can be interviewed.
QUICK ACTION: We’ve compiled a list of key witnesses and individuals the FBI must be free to interview. Tell your Senators: let the FBI do its job!

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#StopKavanaugh: Oppose Extremist’s Supreme Court Nomination

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is on shaky ground with credible accusations of sexual assault now public. Serious questions also remain about whether he lied under oath and whether senators should have access to more information relating to his time serving in the White House.
QUICK ACTION: Tell Susan Collins to demand the FBI investigate assault claims, allow the National Archives to complete its work, and resolve questions of lying before any confirmation vote takes place. 

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CASE REVIEW: Kavanaugh on the Issues

A number of legal challenges are headed for the Supreme Court, the outcomes of which will affect the health, civil rights, environment, and economic stability of Mainers. Leaders of SUM and several advocacy groups met with Maine’s senators’ judicial advisers during Senate recess on Kavanaugh’s record on the issues.
Read our report on these cases and Kavanaugh’s relevant history.

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PROTECT ABORTION RIGHTS: Tell Trump #NoGagRule

The Trump administration wants to block all federal family planning funding to health centers that provide abortions or abortion referrals, which would eliminate contraceptive and preventive care for millions of women.
QUICK ACTION: Learn about the proposed rule, offer a public comment, and demand that state and federal legislators halt their attack on women’s rights.

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Speed Dial Congress

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I):
(202) 224-5344
Sen. Susan Collins (R):
(202) 224-2523
Chellie Pingree (D):
(202) 225-6116
Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

For full contact info, including numbers for district offices in Maine, visit our Civic Dashboard.

Speed Dial Maine Legislature

Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711

Leave a message for your legislators with your name, town, legislator’s name, bill number, and how you’d like her/him to vote.

Find your legislators on our CIVIC DASHBOARD.