March, 2015. GRRs travel to Augusta, ME to support LD 319, a bill before the Maine State Legislature. Organizations testifying in support of “An Act to Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services” include the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Maine Family Planning and Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights. If passed, the bill would make reproductive health services available to more than 13,000 low income women in the state, free of charge.
More than 30 states nationwide have enacted similar bills in recent years improving the health of women and families while reducing overall medical costs picked up by taxpayers. Described as a “common sense measure” by several giving testimony, the bill would enable young women to stay in school, improve their job prospects, and take care of their families while benefiting from cancer screenings, treatment for STDs, and avoiding unplanned pregnancy.