Protesters turn out to back abortion rights

By Stephen Betts | May 21, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts About 100 people turned out Tuesday, May 21, outside the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland to protest what they say are efforts to restrict abortion rights for women.

Rockland — Efforts by state governments to restrict abortion rights prompted 100 Midcoast residents to turn out Tuesday, May 21, to express their concern and opposition.

The protest was organized by Midcoast Indivisible, a grassroots organization that formed following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, said organizer Tracy Jalbuena.

The organization has regrouped and decided to hold weekly protests outside the courthouse on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

"One thing about activism in this era is that there is always something on the agenda," Jalbuena said.

The recent votes by state legislatures including Alabama's to outlaw nearly all abortions led the group to focus on abortion rights this week.

Jalbuena said she called Maine's Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' office prior to the confirmation votes on U.S. Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to warn her that support for those two candidates would make her legacy the repeal of Roe vs. Wade. That 1973 Supreme Court ruling concluded that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental right to privacy that protects a pregnant woman's choice on whether to have an abortion.

Comments (13)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | May 23, 2019 05:22

When I wrote "aren't we here to care for and about one another," what that means to me is...pro-lifers, in my opinion ought to step up and be on a list to adopt rather than condemning those who need not have a baby for their own private reasons or public reasons, whatever. As someone wrote here- men are responsible, for being irresponsible then the women is held accountable and may end up with a baby she does not want- as said before (in my other comment ) for RATIONAL reasons. Also please excuse the typo where I typed medically incorrectly.



Posted by: Ananur Forma | May 22, 2019 19:15

Better not to have an abortion...but if one must then it's up to the woman to decide for herself. I don't think it's a good idea medicially to have an abortion after 3 months, that's what' I've always been told. Where is the list of sincere pro-lifers willing to adopt if they don't want someone to abort? Don't we want babies to be wanted, cherished and loved? There are many rational reasons NOT to have a baby. Aren't we here on planet earth to care for... and about one another?



Posted by: Ian Emmott | May 22, 2019 18:48

Must have been a full moon last night. Thanks for proving part of my original point, but on a serious note if anyone wants to talk civilly let me know.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 22, 2019 18:33

"The 'unborn' are a convenient group of people to advocate for.  They never make demands of you;  they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don't resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct;  unlike widows they don't ask you to question patriarchy;  unlike orphans they don't need money, education, or childcare;  unlike aliens they don't bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike;  they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships;  and when they are born you can forget about them because they cease to be unborn.  It's almost as if by being born they have died to you.  You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone.  They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.


Prisoners?  Immigrant?  The sick?  The poor?  Widows?  Orphans?  All the groups that are specifically mention in the Bible?  They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn."
-Dave Barnhart



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 22, 2019 16:09

Women should have the right to choose to carry or not. We are not in the dark ages and women should and DO have the right to choose. Responsible women just have to go to the doctor or clinic and get on the "Pill". Whats all the fuss about?



Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | May 22, 2019 14:58

Am I the only one who sees the irony in the sign being displayed about abortion saving lives?  I guess the reasoning is save the mom but kill the baby. I agree with Ken Wolf, why is this even a news item?  Do these people need education in birth control, which is free?  How about trying that route so you don't have to kill another person?



Posted by: Harry Fitzgerald | May 22, 2019 10:29

Ian Emmott and Kenneth Wolf,  I suspect you are hypocrites. Are you one of those who want to close Planned Parenthood clinics, and by doing so, take away the most affordable way to get birth control and basic healthcare for both women and men? Who want to end Obamacare? Do you think birth control is all on the woman? If a man is old enough for the act, he should be old enough for taking care of the protection. 100% of unwanted pregnancies are caused by men. 100%! !  If there were laws to make men keep their zippers closed, there would be a much lower need for abortion. Men cause unwanted pregnancies, by using force, intimidation or threats to make women submit to their sexual assaults. These assaults happen in every country, in every state of this country. Women and girls are assaulted, then made to suffer again because of laws protecting the perpetrator rather than the victim. Ian Emmott says abortion should not be politicized, I say it is Republicans who continue to politicize this safe, legal medical procedure. You don't know why a woman would choose abortion, you can't walk so much as a foot in their shoes. You are all for the rights of the unborn child, right up until it is born. Then you sanctimonious people take away all of the safety nets which may help the mother and child cope. I say MY BODY, MY CHOICE. Stay out of my doctor's office and I will stay out of yours.

posted by Nancy Fitzgerald



Posted by: Ian Emmott | May 22, 2019 08:41

Proud to take heat on this one...I certainly do not deny being an ass from time to time, but will not be idle in my opinion as many states expand abortion into the 3rd trimester. Attempting to articulate my views with this crowd (and many like it) are reciprocated with contempt and malice, that is why I call this crowd what I did. We view the issue differently... one side see's unrestricted choice, I see a child fighting to survive.



Posted by: Kendall Merriam | May 22, 2019 08:06

Interesting and significant that three out of four commenters are male. As the great feminist-activist-lawyer of the '60's said,

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." Also, what if our government made laws that men couldn't obtain legal vasectomies?



Posted by: Janet Urquhart | May 22, 2019 07:14

The government should not have the power to legislate and tell women what they can and cannot do with their OWN bodies.This is a personal and private medical decision, never easily made, with consultation and advice from a medical doctor. It is surely NOT as described recently by our president at the latest rally.

It is not about cases of violence or medical complication, it is not about your religious moral beliefs or mine, it is not about the biology or the science regarding progression of fetal development. It is simply about personal private medical decisions. Between a woman, her medical team and her loved ones. It should not be the governments legal position, your opinion or mine, that tells any woman what can and cannot be done with her OWN body. You don’t have to believe in it or support it in any way. But you don’t have the right to take a woman’s right to her OWN body away from her. In my opinion....

In closing, I find it impossible to comment any further regarding the recent republican senatorial statements about date rape being consensual, that it was God’s plan to allow incest and that the victim should be made to bear the child, that rapists have parental rights over the birth mother, or that birth control is being labeled as an abortive medication. Scary indeed.



Posted by: Kenneth E Wolf | May 22, 2019 07:04

Shouldn't the REAL and smart choice be whether to become pregnant in the first place. With all  the birth control options available today, pretty easy choice. Avoiding an abortion seems to me the wise choice. IMHO



Posted by: Mike Kerzee | May 22, 2019 05:22

Ian, why do you have to call these people idiots? They are just demonstrating their beliefs. Do you seriously think you are the only person that has ever experienced the joy of maternity, you must be an Ass. And by the way, this has nothing to do with life or death it's completely about giving MOTHERS the CHOICE.



Posted by: Ian Emmott | May 21, 2019 22:48

You know I’m typing as my wife is next to me... she is 30 weeks along. Feeling the kicks and punches knowing there is a human being in there brings me great joy, but what makes me sick is these idiots and others  that politicize it and ignore science. Sorry folks, it’s murder plain and simple. We’re early 30’s and were somewhat pro choice until we had our first due. Feeling these kicks really changes one.



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