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A Superior Court jury has found that an anti-abortion activist from Lisbon violated the Maine Civil Rights Act by yelling so loudly outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Portland that he disrupted patients and workers inside.

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For the second time this week, Maine has expanded access to abortion services. 

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Maine's two U.S. House representatives are throwing their support behind Planned Parenthood and Title X funding. The move comes after the current administration's attempt to defund Title X recipients was halted last week by a federal judge in Washington state.

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Maine Family Planning has filed a lawsuit to block what opponents call the Trump Administration's 'domestic gag rule' on abortion.

It's the latest legal challenge to the final rule released last month that places restrictions on providers who receive federal Title X funds, which cover family planning services for low income patients.

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Some are calling 2018 the year of the woman.

The sentiment is fueled by the backlash to President Donald Trump, whose inauguration prompted millions to take to the streets for the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and around the country. And it's been sustained by a #metoo movement that has disrupted the power dynamic in Hollywood, media, politics and the workplace. Now, a record number of women are running for elected office, and many are asking how all of this energy might affect the upcoming election in Maine.

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The United States Supreme Court has upheld a Maine law that limits noise generated by protestors outside medical facilities.

The case arose when a pastor challenged the state law's noise limit that was used to restrict his anti-abortion protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland.

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The American Civil Liberties Union and several abortion providers have filed suit over a Maine law that they say severely restricts access to abortion in a rural, medically underserved state.

Senate GOP Needs Pence to Break Tie on Family Planning Funds

Mar 30, 2017

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama-era rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.
The GOP on Thursday was forced to keep a procedural vote open for just over an hour after two Republicans senators, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, voted against moving ahead on the measure. During that time, the GOP got Pence to the Senate to break a 50-50 tie and cast the deciding vote.

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The presidential election has spawned an awakening of activists. Around the country they’re mobilizing around issues ranging from immigration, to education, to health care.

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LEWISTON, Maine - Supporters of Planned Parenthood held simultaneous rallies Wednesday night outside the Maine offices of Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree to denounce a bill that would defund the health care provider.

Tom Coon of Portland joined the crowd outside Rep. Pingree's Portland office. "I'm very much a supporter of access to good health care, and safe and legal health care, and in my mind, that's a pro-life position."

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PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police say a suspicious package left outside Planned Parenthood in downtown Portland poses no threat.

Portland Police closed off the street after the package was reported at around 1:00 pm today. The department deployed its explosive detection unit to X-ray and hand search the item. 

At a news conference, Chief Mike Sauschuck says the camouflage box included painting materials. "So, at this point, we'll be continuing our follow-up investigation to see why it was dropped off and who, in fact, may have been expecting it."

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge says Portland cannot use its noise law to restrict anti-abortion protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen ruled Monday in favor of a Lewiston pastor who contended he was unlawfully targeted because of his views.

Andrew March filed the lawsuit after a member of his Cell 53 church was sued by the state attorney general to prevent him from coming within 50 feet of the Planned Parenthood facility.

PORTLAND, Maine - Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's clinic in downtown Portland will temporarily use paid staffers to replace volunteer greeters to help patients find their way around anti-abortion protesters.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the women's health clinic is citing safety concerns in making the change. Vice President Nicole Clegg says the organization is motivated to change its greeting policy because of a nationwide climate of hostility against Planned Parenthood.

WASHINGTON - Maine's two U.S. senators were on the losing end of a fight in the Senate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  The measure was part of the Budget Reconciliation Act, which also included a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Susan Collins introduced an amendment to keep current funding for Planned Parenthood, which "would strike the provisions that would eliminate funding, including Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood."

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's attorney general has filed a complaint under the state's civil rights act against a man she says yelled so loud in protest outside of Planned Parenthood that he disrupted services at the facility.

Attorney General Janet Mills says 26-year-old Brian Ingalls of Lisbon violated the rights of patients at the Portland facility on Oct. 23. She says he yelled so loud toward the second floor of the facility that his voice interfered with the delivery of health care services. A complaint says a police officer warned Ingalls to stop, but he did not.