Well, what we were worried about last year has come to pass: the likely closure of rural healthcare clinics in Maine that provide screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, birth control, pre-natal care, and other sexual health services to women who qualify for reduced or free care. Some clinics also perform abortions. The supplemental FY2013 budget signed by governor Paul LePage last week includes more than $400,000 in cuts to the Family Planning Association of Maine,
According to an action alert distributed by FPA's vice president of public policy, Kate Brogan, seven health centers will be forced to close their doors -- including those in Damariscotta, Rumford, Topsham, and Sanford.
As you might imagine, anti-choice organizations are thrilled by this news.
More to come.