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Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights

pregnant woman holding world“Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.” -Faye Wattleton

  • Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center-The purpose of this organization is to provide educational and clinical services in sexual and reproductive health care to women regardless of age, ability, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic resources.



  • Abortion Access Project-The Abortion Access Project is committed to access to safe abortion for all women in the U.S.  We believe that by being clearly focused on abortion within the context of our broader values we will make a significant contribution to women’s health and autonomy.

  • Guttmacher Institute-The Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health in the United States and worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.
  • Family Planning Association (of Maine)-provides funding, technical support and quality assurance to 30 clinics statewide, serving over 30,000 women and teens annually. The FPA itself operates clinics in Augusta, Belfast, Damariscotta and Rockland, which provide various health care services including: oral and injectable contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, screening, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and breast and cervical cancer screening.


  • Planned Parenthood-Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.


  • Our Bodies Bodies Ourselves provides accessible, research-based information about women’s health and sexuality. We advance health and human rights within a framework of values shaped by women’s voices and a commitment to self-determination and equality.


  • The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation-Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.


  • VIDEO-Future Rights of Abortion in America Panel March 27, 2007
    • The Future Rights of Abortion in America, law panel presentation, took place on March 27, 2007 in the Woolley Room (DTAV/Patch-Community Center) from 4pm-6pm at the University of Maine. This event was open to the public.
      • A historical perspective on abortion,
      • An overview of recent Supreme Court cases, and
      • Their implications for both abortion providers and women seeking legal abortions.
    • This Panel Presentation provided:

      This panel was intended to educate, incite interest, and spur thoughtful discussion on the topic. Panelists include Phil Worden, practicing attorney with experience in reproductive law, Nancy Foss, reproductive rights activist on the national level from the Abortion Access Project; and Ruth L. Lockhart, Executive Director of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, an independent women’s health center in Maine. Sharon Barker, Director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine, will be moderating the event.