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.
The Maine Legislature is back…and so is our Legislature Roundup! First up: a state Equal Rights Amendment. QUICK ACTION: Learn about the bill for an ERA in Maine and other legislation we’ll be tracking during the Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature and find out how you can help!
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in a case to overturn Roe v Wade that stems from Mississippi, one of many states that has passed anti-abortion laws in recent years. More than 560 abortion restrictions have been introduced in 47 states just in 2021, which is shaping up to be the worst legislative year for abortion rights in history. QUICK ACTION: Find out how YOU can help support, protect, and expand abortion access for all people.
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.
Latest news: The For the People Act gets a vote in the Senate. And while other states have passed strict voter suppression laws, Maine is passing bills to make voting easier and more secure. We have more on that and a run-down of the latest legislative victories. Read SUM’s latest newsletter to get caught up on our current actions!
The Biden-Harris administration has proposed a rule to repeal Trump’s domestic gag rule on the Title X family planning program. QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment in support of the Biden-Harris rule by May 17!
UPDATE: The COVID relief bill passed, with Maine’s Rep. Jared Golden joining Sen. Susan Collins and every Republican in the House and Senate in voting against the bill. QUICK ACTION: Learn how the aid package will benefit Mainers and let Golden and Collins hear from you.
An early adjournment due to COVID-19 meant that many bills we were tracking in the second session of the 129th Maine Legislature were left on the table, eventually dying when efforts to reconvene for a special session were unsuccessful. Our Legislature Roundup will reconvene with the Legislature in January 2021, with dozens of bills to track in the coming session. For now, see what passed in 2020 and what was left behind.
We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Justin Walker, a nominee to the DC Court of Appeals, opposes the ACA, unions, and civil rights and is the latest in a long line of extremist, unqualified nominees.
QUICK ACTION: Learn more about Walker’s extremist record and tell Collins and King to vote NO on his confirmation.
74% of Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 1, a “people’s veto” that attempted to repeal Maine’s new law that protects public health and safety by eliminating non-medical exemptions for school-required immunizations.
QUICK ACTION: Get answers about the law and the referendum, and learn how to effectively respond to vaccine opponents.