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George Hill is the president and CEO of Maine Family Planning.

In January, we marked the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but we do not know if it will make it to 50. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and with a freshly cemented 6-3 conservative supermajority on the court, the writing on the wall spells the potential demise of nationwide legal protection for abortion.

This month we celebrate the 29th anniversary of An Act to Protect Reproductive Privacy in Maine, aka the Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA). Maine was just the fifth state in the country to enact legislative protection for abortion after the 1992 Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, shifted the legal framework of abortion rights in our country, opening the door for states to impose additional restrictions on abortion access. Mainers rallied together and said that we would protect the right to abortion in our state.

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