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Protesters Support Roe v. Wade in Portland, Central Maine

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Monday, October 4, 2021   

PORTLAND, Maine -- Reproductive-rights advocates took to the streets across Maine and the U.S. over the weekend to protest the Texas ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the nation's most restrictive abortion law.

It's one of 90 anti-abortion bills that have been passed by state legislatures this year.

Dr. Rachel Criswell, a family medicine specialist in Waterville, noted at a Portland rally Texas patients are already fleeing to other states to access care, and in many cases traveling long distances.

"More still have been forced to remain pregnant when they don't want to be, due to lack of resources, support or time to travel out of state," Criswell reported.

Criswell added the law disproportionately impacts Texans who are young, immigrants, low-income or people of color.

The events -- 600 total nationwide -- came days before today's start of the U.S. Supreme Court session, during which judges plan to hear a case concerning a 15-week Mississippi abortion law, which, if upheld, could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Maine lawmakers have shut down attempts in Augusta to place restrictions on abortion access, and Susan Collins of Maine is one of two Republican U.S. senators who support abortion rights. The House last month passed a bill guaranteeing the right to abortion, and Criswell noted it is now up to the Senate.

"We now need Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to prevent states from being able to implement these dangerous restrictions on access to abortion," Criswell asserted.

Polls show nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, and more than 900 state lawmakers from 45 states recently signed a letter urging the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade in their decision on the Mississippi law.


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