Breen stands with women fighting for reproductive rights at US Supreme Court

Posted: March 02, 2016 | Senator Breen

AUGUSTA — Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, applauded the women’s rights and reproductive health activists standing — literally — for six hours in Portland today to highlight the needless and shameful restrictions on abortion services in Texas.

The U.S. Supreme Court today at noon will hear oral arguments in the biggest abortion case in decades, “Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt,” in which a women’s health care provider is challenging a 2013 Texas law that has cut the number of health centers in the Lone Star state that provide safe, legal abortion by 75 percent.

“Abortion services have been legal for decades, but it’s not enough for them to be legal. They must be accessible, or else the legal right of women to access abortions is meaningless,” said Sen. Breen. “At noon today, I will be representing my constituents in Augusta. But my spirit is with those women in Portland and in Texas who are standing up for our rights — and with women around the country who have shared their personal stories to protect access to critical health services.”

Because of Texas’ anti-abortion law, a woman living in Lubbock, Texas, must make a nearly six-hour drive to San Antonio to access abortion. The state’s 24-hour waiting period means the round-trip of 770 miles will need to be made twice.

Advocates from and supporters of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, ACLU of Maine, Maine Family Planning, Maine Women’s Lobby, and Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights will stand vigil in Portland’s Monument Square for six hours — from noon until 6 p.m. — in solidarity with the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas who face an undue burden in accessing safe, legal health care.

Click here for more information about the Portland event and for background on Texas’ anti-choice law. Please contact Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy at PPNNE, at (207) 272-4477, for further information about the event.