State of Maine Archives: on Abortion


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, PoliquinForCongress.com 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, CutlerForMaine.com 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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2016 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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