Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has long claimed to be an advocate of the women in her state. Unfortunately, her actions on behalf of Maine have not matched her words. That became starkly apparent turning on just one momentous vote.
Collins played the game of anticipation like a master when she sat on pro-abortion supporter Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing. She waited until the last moment to let people know how she would vote. Finally, when all the votes were in except hers, she voted to allow the alleged sex molester to walk onto the Court. An expert on women’s trauma and the actual victim provided a decisive account but to no avail.
Tuesday Planned Parenthood endorsed Collins’ Democratic challenger Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon. This comment came with the endorsement, that the senator had “turned her back [on women.],” according to ABC News:
‘There’s never been a more important time to stand up for reproductive rights [against] systematic attacks on reproductive rights across the country.’
Even in 2017, Collins received accolades from Planned Parenthood as “an outspoken champion for women’s health.” This will be the roughest reelection in her tenure as seenator.
Acting Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said this about Collins:
‘From her decisive vote to confirm Kavanaugh to her refusal to stop Republican attacks on our health and rights, it’s clear that she has turned her back on those she should be championing. [Collins] has abandoned not only the people of Maine, but women across the country.’
When she was Planned Parenthood Federation of America President, and about a year before the Kavanaugh vote, Cecile Richards said:
‘Senator Collins has been an outspoken champion for women’s health. Thanks to Senator Collins’ steadfast commitment to her constituents, tens of thousands of women in Maine and millions of women across the country still have access to essential health care.’
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund’s Nicole Clegg said:
‘As a former Planned Parenthood patient, she knows what it means to be able to get the care you need from a trusted provider and how hurtful it is to see your provider attacked by extremist politicians.’
This was not Planned Parenthood’s only endorsement just one day prior to the important ruling: Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. It endorsed Democrat Jaime Harrison, who has been running against Donald Trump’s sidekick Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. The organization also endorsed Kansas’s Senator Democrat Dr. Barbara Bollier. She will be running for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Planned Parenthood has also provided a full array of women’s health care, including birth control.
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