Black History Month 2024: Three Decades of The Reproductive Justice Movement
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
2w ago
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Reproductive Justice movement –– a framework created by 12 Black women as a tool to imagine a more holistic, liberatory approach to reproductive health advocacy. In 1994, the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice (WADRJ) convened for the first time in Chicago to address how the health rights movement had excluded Black women and other marginalized populations.  This Black History Month, we take a moment to reflect on the original demands of the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice. In August of 1994, WADRJ took out a ful ..read more
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Cervical Health Awareness Month
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
3w ago
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the importance of cervical cancer screening and treatment cannot be overstated. Interventions play a pivotal role in early detection, prevention, and successful management of this potentially life-threatening disease. Early Detection Saves Lives: Cervical cancer often develops slowly, starting with precancerous changes that can be identified through regular screenings like Pap smears and HPV tests. Detecting abnormalities in their early stages allows for timely intervention, preventing the progression to invasive cancer. Preventing HPV-Related Can ..read more
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Unraveling the Intersections of Domestic Violence and Reproductive Rights and Justice
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
3M ago
Domestic violence is a deeply disturbing and pervasive issue that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the United States, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. It is a problem that transcends boundaries of gender, race, and socioeconomic status. But what sometimes goes unnoticed is the intricate web of connections between domestic violence and reproductive rights and justice. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, let’s explore these intersections, shedding light on the ways in which they impact the lives of survivors and the ..read more
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Screening for Gynecological Cancers and Advocating for Yourself
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
4M ago
September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. Gynecological cancers can affect the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva. Early detection and timely treatment are key factors in improving the prognosis and overall quality of life for those affected. This blog post sheds light on the importance of screening for gynecological cancers and emphasizes the significance of self-advocacy as a patient. The Prevalence of Gynecological Cancers Gynecological cancers are not rare occurrences. In the United States alone, over 100,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancers each year. While ..read more
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Exploring the Intersections of Harm Reduction and Reproductive Justice on International Overdose Awareness Day
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
6M ago
In the realm of public health and social advocacy, two seemingly distinct movements have emerged, each with its own unique objectives and strategies. Harm reduction, primarily associated with substance use and addiction, and reproductive justice, focused on gender equity and bodily autonomy, might appear disconnected at first glance. However, a deeper analysis reveals that these two movements intersect in profound ways, with shared values and a common goal of addressing structural inequalities and promoting the well-being of marginalized individuals. On International Overdose Awareness Day, le ..read more
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On the Dobbs Anniversary, Maine is Moving Forward
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
8M ago
This legislative session has been a long and grueling one, and Maine Family Planning acknowledges the work that all our citizen lawmakers do on behalf of their constituents.   Together with coalition partners we advanced legislation that protects and expands access to abortion in Maine, and we are proud of everything that we were able to achieve. We also celebrate important progress towards sovereignty for Wabanaki people, a statewide paid family and medical leave program, and investments in childcare infrastructure, just to name a few key victories for reproductive justice this sess ..read more
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The Crucial Role of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Grades K-12
Maine Family Planning
by mfp-updates
9M ago
As society continues to evolve, so too must our approach to education, particularly when it comes to comprehensive sexuality education. Children in grades K-12 are at a critical stage in their development, and providing them with accurate, age-appropriate information about sexuality is essential — and most folks in the United States agree! As #SexEdForAll month comes to a close, let’s take a minute to explore the importance of comprehensive sexuality education and how it can empower young individuals to make informed decisions, foster healthy relationships, and navigate the complexities of the ..read more
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Maine Family Planning Applauds the Formation of the Reproductive Freedom Alliance
Maine Family Planning
by onur
9M ago
On February 21st, Governor Mills joined 19 governors to form the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, a coalition that seeks to protect and advocate for abortion access across the country. Maine Family Planning is proud of this country-wide effort to support individuals’ right to their bodies. “This is an important stand for sexual health by Governor Mills and state leaders across the country,” said George A. Hill, Maine Family Planning President and CEO. “It takes a collective effort to ensure reproductive rights in the United States, and I am proud to stand alongside the 20 governors of ..read more
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Maine Family Planning Applauds Maine House for Electing First Black Speaker, All-Women Leadership
Maine Family Planning
by onur
9M ago
Following the news that Representative Rachel Talbot Ross has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 131st session of the Maine Legislature, Maine Family Planning President and CEO George A. Hill released the following statement: “Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’s ascension to the Speakership is a long overdue moment to celebrate, and a reminder that the lived experience of Black women has so far been missing from the top leadership job in the Legislature.  We only need to look at health disparities, particularly maternal health outcomes, between communities tha ..read more
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Maine Family Planning Statement on Court Decision Restricting Access to Abortion Medication 
Maine Family Planning
by Development
11M ago
Augusta, Maine –– Following the news that a Texas federal judge ruled in favor of anti-abortion organizations in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used in medication abortions, Maine Family Planning President and CEO George A. Hill released the following statement: “This decision has nothing to do with patient safety, as the anti-abortion groups who brought the lawsuit claim. Decades of research show mifepristone is as safe or safer than other commonly used drugs, including penicillin and acetaminophen. It’s clear thi ..read more
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