All of us at the ACLU were shocked and saddened by the shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on Friday, November 27. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who were lost in this terrible tragedy – Jennifer Markovsky, Ke'Arre Stewart and Garrett Swasey – as well as the nine other people who were injured in this attack and the employees and patients of Planned Parenthood whose lives will be forever changed by what they experienced.
You might have heard of a bill making its way through congress called the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or "American SAFE Act of 2015." Despite the catchy title, the bill has little to do with safety. It actually creates barriers against the most vulnerable people seeking safety in the U.S. Unfortunately, the bill has already passed the House and is headed to the Senate soon. We're calling on Senator King and Senator Collins to take a stand against this discriminatory bill and vote no on the "SAFE" Act.
The ACLU of Maine filed a lawsuit this week to ensure that all women, regardless of their income, are able to exercise their constitutional right to choose whether and when to have children. The lawsuit challenges a Maine regulation that denies coverage for abortion for eligible women who use Medicaid services.
Following Gov. LePage's misguided calls to bar Syrian refugees from coming to Maine, the ACLU issued the following statement. You can read the responses of ACLU affiliates around the nation here.
The ACLU calls upon all policy makers, at the federal and state levels, to affirm the need to welcome Syrian refugees who are fleeing the brutality of ISIS. Refugee admission is a federal matter, reflecting our values as a nation.
The Maine Law Court heard oral arguments this week in a case pertaining to the health effects of Central Maine Power’s “smart” electric meters. These meters also happen to be detailed information-gathering devices.
Our legal director, Zach Heiden, was in Augusta today to respond to proposed rules from the Department of Corrections that would ban several First Amendment-protected activities, such as writing to a pen pal. We are urging the Department to withdraw the proposed rules, or to substantially modify them before putting them into effect.
As we said in our comments, the proposed rules are not only unconstitutional, they are bad policy:
The ACLU of Maine has endorsed Question 1, which will strengthen the transparency and accountability laws of our elections and return the voice of everyday Mainers to our political system. For more on why we support Yes on 1, check out this letter to the editor in the Press Herald by the president of our board.
In the 1920s, the ACLU defended Mary Ware Dennett, a birth control pioneer whose sex education pamphlet was deemed obscene and whose work helped lead the way for the organization that would become Planned Parenthood. 90 years later, we are proud to work alongside our friends at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to ensure that every Maine woman can make the best decisions for herself and her family about her reproductive health.