Governor Janet Mills today called for the passage of a Reproductive Rights Amendment that would enshrine the right to reproductive autonomy in the Maine Constitution.
The Governor’s testimony submitted to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary comes on the 51st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision establishing a U.S. Constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. In 2022, the Court overturned Roe in a ruling Governor Mills called a “fundamental assault on women’s rights.”
In the year since Roe v. Wade was overturned, more than a dozen states have enacted extreme bans on abortion. As a result, in America today, nearly one-third of women no longer have access to abortion. While it is easy to believe that these attacks on reproductive rights only exist beyond our state’s borders, there have been bills in this 131st Legislature to restrict reproductive rights by forcing ultrasounds, by mandating biased counseling, by taking away insurance coverage for abortion for low-income people, and by restricting access to abortion for rural women. We turned back these attempts to undermine reproductive rights in Maine and, instead, we have preserved and expanded reproductive freedom in Maine.
Governor Mills full testimony in support of LD 780 is HERE.