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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.


As you head to the polls, check out our handy voting rights guide here. Print it, share it, know it!

And if you think your rights have been violated at the polls, call us at 774-5444x0.


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. 


Did you know? In the 2014-15 school year alone, there were 311 reported attempts to remove or restrict certain books in school curricula and libraries across the United States. From Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, more than 11,000 books have been challenged over the last 30 years. 


In a victory for free speech that will have nationwide implications, a federal appeals court ruled that the City of Portland’s ban on being in medians is unconstitutional. The ruling came Friday in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Maine and the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP on behalf of three Portland residents. The lawsuit challenged an ordinance enacted by Portland that prohibited being in any median for any reason other than crossing the street.


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