Governor Janet Mills said “I do not consider the rights of women to be dispensable.”
I will not allow an extreme political agenda to rollback access to reproductive health care. Maine will not go backward on reproductive rights — not now, not ever.
— Janet Mills (@JanetMillsforME) May 3, 2022
Maine’s first woman governor, issued the following statement in the wake of a report from POLITICO revealing that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade:
There are countless women across Maine and America who are worried right now – worried that their right to a safe and legal abortion is near its end; worried about what that uncertainty could mean for their health, their lives, and their futures; and worried about what this draft decision says about the values of our nation and their place in it.
Well, I want to be very clear: unlike an apparent majority of the Supreme Court, I do not consider the rights of women to be dispensable. And I pledge that as long as I am Governor, I will fight with everything I have to protect reproductive rights and to preserve access to reproductive health care in the face of every and any threat to it – whether from politicians in Augusta or Supreme Court Justices in Washington.
The Governor, in collaboration with the Legislature, enacted a law allowing physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions. She also signed legislation to require private and public insurance providers to cover abortion care.
Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court may be be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade. https://t.co/H9WuL5TPwL
— CBS 13 News (@WGME) May 3, 2022
Statement by President Biden on the reported Supreme Court decision draft. pic.twitter.com/YMA6wv6Ya7
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 3, 2022
Overturning Roe v. Wade would have wide-ranging implications for abortion access in much of the U.S.https://t.co/P3n3rEkzsW
— Bangor Daily News (@bangordailynews) May 3, 2022
The draft ruling circulated last night would be a seismic shift in which the Court overturns half a century of established precedent and robs millions of the right to make lifesaving healthcare decisions with the support of medical professionals. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/RlQ7qfIDuu
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) May 3, 2022