In 2018, when asked about overturning Roe v. Wade, then-Governor LePage said, “let’s do it.” It appears he’s getting his wish. And in a tweet today, LePage confirmed that he is anti-choice and suggested that if lawmakers sent him a bill restricting or eliminating access to safe and legal abortion, he would support it.
LePage not only opposed abortion rights, but he repeatedly targeted them as Governor, cutting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state family planning agency and frequently attending anti-abortion rallies.
As Republicans around the country passing draconian laws which effectively outlaw abortion, and Maine Republicans building momentum to pass similar laws in Augusta, it’s clear that if LePage is re-elected, he might finally get his chance to block access to reproductive care for Maine women and families.
Governor Janet Mills and Democrats in Maine have made clear their commitment to protecting Mainers’ abortion rights crystal clear.
This morning, Maine Democratic Party Chair Drew Gattine released the following statement on the Supreme Court leak:
“Reports saying the Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade make one thing clear: the future of abortion rights in Maine is on the ballot this November. We are fortunate to currently have a Governor in Janet Mills who is a passionate defender of abortion rights and a Democratically controlled legislature that will steadfastly protect those rights. However, with Roe in jeopardy—in part because of Susan Collins’ votes for Brett Kavanaugh and other virulently anti-choice justices—Governor Mills and her Democratic colleagues in the legislature may be the only thing keeping abortion safe and legal in our state. Paul LePage and other anti-abortion Republicans on the ballot this November present the greatest threat to abortion rights in recent Maine history. We must re-elect Governor Mills and our Democratic majorities this November in order to protect the rights, safety, and future of not just Maine women but all Maine people.”