State of Maine Archives: on Abortion

Sara Gideon: Protect & expand access to women's reproductive care

Sara is a strong and vocal advocate for protecting and expanding access to women's reproductive care. Sara will fight back against any attempts to attack or defund Planned Parenthood, and will work to roll back the dangerous Title X gag rule. Sara will also work to put an end to the Senate confirming judicial nominees with dangerous anti-choice records. Sara is proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL.
Source: 2020 Maine Senate campaign website Jun 4, 2020

Sara Gideon: Backed in primary by abortion-rights groups

They have Gideon pegged as the nominee. National Republicans' campaign machine has revved up against her. Her June launch generated $1 million in 10 days. She was quickly backed by Senate Democrats' campaign arm and abortion-rights groups influential in primaries.
Source: Bangor Daily News on 2020 Maine Senate endorsements Sep 16, 2019

Betsy Sweet: Protect a woman's right to choose

Civil Rights/Women's Rights: Protect a woman's right to choose and reproductive health services.
Source: Connection: 2018 Maine Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Eric Brakey: Pro-life, and anti-ObamaCare

All of Senator Brakey's positions and comments come from the 2016 CCL Candidate Survey [as reported on]:

Q: Do you generally support or oppose abortion?

Eric Brakey: Oppose. "I am Pro-Life."

Q: Do you support or oppose a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

Eric Brakey: Support. "Obamacare has made healthcare more expensive, not less. We need free market solutions."

Source: Christian Civic League on 2018 Maine Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Eric Brakey: Oppose funding Planned Parenthood; require parental consent

Q: Do you support or oppose public funding for Planned Parenthood and/or Maine Family Planning?

Eric Brakey: Oppose. "Opponents of abortion should not be forced to support this practice with their tax dollars."

Q: Do you support or oppose requiring parental consent for minor women obtaining an abortion?

Eric Brakey: Support. "This is a major medical procedure and should not be undertaken without parental consent and notification."

Source: Christian Civic League on 2018 Maine Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Shawn Moody: 2010: private choice; 2018: ban with exceptions

Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Janet Mills: Legal. Backed bill advancing access in rural & low-income communities. "I will fight any attempt to undermine or roll back a woman's right to choose."

Moody: Ban. During 2010 campaign said it was a private choice. Now ban, with exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Maine Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Shawn Moody: Strongly pro-life: opposes any tax dollars for abortion

Source: 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race website Sep 1, 2018

Zak Ringelstein: Publicly-funded reproductive healthcare for women

The Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted on Monday, March 12 to endorse Zak Ringelstein for US Senate in the June Primary. He supports medicare for all and full, publicly-funded reproductive healthcare for women, including abortion.
Source: Southern Maine DSA Press Release on 2018 Maine Senate race Mar 27, 2018

Chris Lyons: Life is precious; abortion only if maternal life at risk

Q: You oppose abortion as a woman's right--how do you reconcile that with libertarian ideals of self-government?

A: A usual retort to my opposition to abortion is I am a male wanting to control women. Farthest thing from the truth. We are equals regardless of our differences. My contention is life is precious.

Q: So you believe that abortion takes a life?

A: There is a thing called the 'morning after pill' which prevents conception. Is not the prevention of conception more reasonable than the termination of a life? It further seems reasonable to me that the 'morning after pill' would be far more desirable than any form of personal invasiveness of an abortion. Thus, the next question is, is the 'morning after pill' readily available anywhere at very low cost? The answer is yes. This was not the case 20 + years ago but is most assuredly the case now. Therefore, the only reason that abortion would be an acceptable form is if the mother's life is endangered.

Source: Follow-up OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Maine Senate candidate Mar 10, 2018

Chris Lyons: Oppose abortion as an unrestricted right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maine Senate candidate Mar 6, 2018

Mary Mayhew: Ban abortions after 20 weeks, like most developed nations

I am so disheartened that The U.S. Senate has refused to stand up for the lives of unborn babies by voting down a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy earlier this week. Only 7 developed nations allow abortions at this stage of pregnancy, and among those are North Korea and China, countries known for their human rights crimes. The United States should be a leader in protecting lives, not an outlier in allowing them to be ended.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Jan 30, 2018

Janet Mills: No comment on lawsuit to expand abortion access

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is not commenting on a lawsuit designed to expand abortion access in Maine. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It targets a state law that requires abortions be performed solely by physicians. That means advanced practice registered nurses can't perform them. A spokesman for Mills says the office has not been served with the lawsuit and has no comments on the merits of the case.
Source: U.S. News & World Report on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Sep 20, 2017

Susan Collins: Joined Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood

Senate Republicans, aided by Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing Georgia colleague who gingerly made his way to the Capitol with the aid of a wheelchair and a walker, voted Thursday to undo an Obama administration rule preventing states from blocking funding for family planning clinics that also provide abortions.

Democrats all voted against the bill, as did two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski have long opposed attacks on funding Planned Parenthood, which they argue provides services for women in areas with scarce health care options.

Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who returned after two back surgeries, was cleared by his doctors to travel for one day only to help pass the measure, but it took Pence's final vote to break the 50-50 tie. The measure will now head to Trump's desk, a onetime supporter of Planned Parenthood who adopted an anti-abortion rights position during the campaign.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2018 Maine Senate race Mar 30, 2017

Bruce Poliquin: Pro-life and proud of it

I was raised in a traditional Franco-American Catholic home in Central Maine. We cherished the values of close family, religious freedom, independence, and hard work.

From that upbringing, reinforced by a family tragedy when my son was still in diapers, I developed a deep appreciation for the invaluable role families play in our society. I believe that our government policies should support and strengthen American families.

These experiences also reminded me how fragile and precious life is. Raising my son as a single dad, I understand the many challenges as well as the special joys of rising children alone.

I believe in strong family values and in life. I am the only candidate in this Congressional race who is pro-life, and I'm proud of it.

Source: 2014 Maine House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Mike Michaud: Evolved from pro-life to pro-choice over period of 30 years

Democrat Mike Michaud was forced to respond often because he was besieged by both LePage and Cutler. Responding to criticism that he cast a number of votes earlier in his career against equal rights for gays and lesbians and against reproductive rights, Michaud acknowledged that he has indeed changed his position since he first was elected as a 24-year-old state representative. "Yes, I have evolved, but what's wrong with that?" he said.

Cutler didn't relent. "I'm glad Mike has evolved, but he's not being honest. He cast those votes when he was 24, 34, 44, and even 54. It took him 30 years (to evolve)," he said, turning to Michaud. "You had to go to Washington to find out you were wrong?"

Source: Press-Herald on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial debate Oct 15, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Unequivocally pro-choice; allow abortions via MaineCare

I am the only major candidate for governor who is--and always has been--unequivocally pro-choice. My respect for and trust in women to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives is rooted in my family and in my experience, and it is and always has been unwavering. As your governor I will oppose and veto all attempts to directly or indirectly restrict access to safe & legal abortion for the women citizens of Maine, regardless of whether they are insured privately or are MaineCare clients
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, Dec 31, 2013

Charlie Summers: Must consider incest or rape

Pro-choice. Quote: "I believe there are times such as the life of the mother or incest or rape when abortion is something that may have to be considered."
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Angus King: Favors abortion rights; opposes defunding Planned Parenthood

King, who favors abortion rights and opposes efforts to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, says the GOP's focus on abortion laws, women's health providers and contraception is "a huge mistake."
Source: Fox News, "Female Senator", on 2012 Maine Senate Debates Apr 16, 2012

Charlie Summers: Abortions should always be legal

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Charlie Summers: Funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines

Q: Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?

A: Yes.

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Matt Dunlap: Abortions should always be legally available

Source: Maine Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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