In Wake of Texas Abortion Ban, Governor Mills Vows to Protect Maine Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care

September 2, 2021

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on the State of Texas’s new law effectively banning all abortions in the state and the U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to intercede to prevent the law from taking effect:

“The Supreme Court’s refusal to prevent this dangerous law from taking effect is a dog whistle to extremists that they can and should push forward their anti-choice agenda in state houses across the country. Here in Maine, you can be damn sure that as long as I am governor I will stand strong to protect the rights of women and that I will fight every and any threat to undermine, roll back, or outright eliminate access to reproductive health care services.”

Under Governor Mills’ leadership, Maine has not only protected but expanded access to critical reproductive health services. The Governor, in collaboration with the Legislature, enacted a law allowing physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions. She also signed legislation to require private and public insurance providers to cover abortion care.