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The legal right to abortion is generally associated it with Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two major cases concerning the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. Less well known, but equally important, is Griswold v. Connecticut, a case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in […]

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Over the decades, courts have been key when it comes to our rights – both protecting them and not. Our right to vote, our civil rights, our reproductive rights, the quality of our air & water, our health care, our privacy, and more have all been impacted by the federal courts. On Wednesday, December 10th, […]

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“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”  –Gloria Steinem This quote from Gloria Steinem seemed perfect for July since many of us try to steal some extra time to enjoy the beauty that is summer in Maine – and perhaps spend a […]

  • Comments Off on July News from the Maine Women’s Lobby

This post was written by Isabel Mullin, the 2014 Linda Smith Dyer Fellow at the Maine Women’s Policy Center.    This June, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that instituted zones outside reproductive health care facilities to provide a buffer for patients from harassment, intimidation, and the threat of violence from protesters.  […]

  • Comments Off on Looking at the McCullen v. Coakley Decision

This post was written by Isabel Mullin, the 2014 Linda Smith Dyer Fellow for the Maine Women’s Policy Center.  This June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that “closely held for-profit corporations” may deny their employees insurance coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act if it violates their religious beliefs.  In doing […]

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