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National Pro-Life Alliance

Maine Candidate Survey 2014



1. Do you support legislation that gives parents the right to stop any abortion from being
performed on their minor daughter, except to save the life of the mother?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

Information about and access to birth control and other health services for minors is critical and
the Constitutional right to privacy extends to a minors’ decision to seek contraception. Providing
access to a safe place to receive confidential health care services and birth control means fewer
unintended pregnancies, fewer abortions, and more testing and treatment for STI/HIV. I strongly
support Maine’s current legislation that allows minors to obtain abortions without parental
notification and will continue to oppose any effort to restrict minors’ ability to safely and
confidentially receive abortion services.

2. Will you support legislation requiring a “cooling off” period, and mandatory counseling
on the medical risks and other consequences of abortion for women who believe they
may want to have an abortion?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

Since 2011, states have enacted more than 305 restrictions on abortion – one of the most
common surgical procedures for American women. To make matters worse, the number of
abortion facilities in the U.S now hovers only around pre-Roe numbers and in 87 percent of U.S.
counties (which are home to 33 percent of American women) there is no abortion provider. Such
laws that impose delays and additional requirements not consistent with the medical standard of
care are in large part responsible for the paucity of skilled and compassionate abortion
providers. I will oppose and veto all attempts to directly or indirectly restrict access to safe and
legal abortion for the citizens of Maine, including waiting periods, “gag rules” and other
unnecessary barriers enacted solely to prevent women from getting the care they need.

3. Will you support requiring that abortion providers show the mother an ultrasound image
of her child before the abortion takes place?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

Please refer to my response to #2.

4. Would you support a Life at Conception Act, legislatively establishing that life begins at
the moment of conception?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

I am the only major candidate for governor of Maine who is -- and always has been --
unequivocally pro-choice. I agree with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade more than
40 years ago that abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. My
respect for and trust in women to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives is
rooted in my family and in my experience, and it is and always has been unwavering. My father
was a physician and my mother was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood of Eastern
Maine and helped found the Family Planning Association of Maine, the Easter Maine
Counseling Center and Spruce Run. Their commitment to the mental and physical well being of
Maine people has had a lasting impact on me. Unlike my opponents in the race for Governor, I
support both federal and state funding of Planned Parenthood services, including abortion
services.

Mike Michaud voted in favor of a law in Maine to “recognize a fertilized egg as a human being,”
and in a speech to the Democratic convention said that he does not agree with the court’s
decision in Roe v. Wade. (Source: LD 1602 and LD 1406, 2001, AP 6/1/02)

5. Will you support legislation to ban so-called “sex selection” abortions?

_______ YES ____X___ NO

6. Will you veto legislation granting any public funds to groups that recommend or perform
abortions in the state of Maine?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

Unlike my opponents in the race for Governor, I support both federal and state funding of
Planned Parenthood services, including abortion services. Gov. LePage’s FY2013 budget
eliminated $400,000 in funding for the Family Planning Association of Maine and Planned
Parenthood. This is unacceptable. (Source: http://www.dirigoblue.com/2012/05/new-state-
budget-cuts-400000-from-maine-planned-parenthood/) While my other opponent, Mike
Michaud, claims to have “evolved” on the issue of women’s reproductive choice, his 28-year
record of voting to restrict access is undisputed. In November 2012, Rep. Michaud told the
Portland Press Herald: “I support the current ban on federal funding of abortion.” (Source: Meet
the Candidates 2012, Portland Press Herald, http://politics.pressherald.com/candidates/mike-
michaud/)


7. Do you support the state of Maine opting out of the requirement under “ObamaCare” of
having to provide insurance coverage for abortion?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

I support policies to allow private insurance plans to cover abortion services and would veto any
legislation that sought to limit an insurance company from offering abortion coverage. In 2009,
one of my opponents, Mike Michaud, voted to ban private insurance plans from covering
abortions as part of Obamacare. (Source: The vote, on Nov. 6, 2009 was 240 yeas to 194 nays.
YEAS: Michaud NAYS: Pingree, Bangor Daily News, 11/14/09) Michaud’s vote in favor of the
extreme Stupak-Pitts amendment was called “the greatest restriction of a woman’s right to
choose in the history of the current Congress.” (Source: NARAL Pro-Choice America, Press
Release, 11/7/09)

I support LD 1242, An Act to Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services in Maine, to provide
for the expansion of MaineCare coverage for women’s health services to women up to 200% of
the poverty level. This legislation provides cancer screening, annual exams, birth control
(including LARC methods), sexual health education and counseling and prevention, and testing
and treatment for STI/HIV.

8. Will you bar the distribution of “home abortion kits” like RU-486?

_______ YES ____X___ NO

I agree with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (The College) and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
and support the 2013 ruling by a U.S. District Court that directs the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow over-the-counter
access without age restriction to the emergency contraception (EC) product Plan B One-Step.
This decision reflects the overwhelming evidence that emergency contraception is safe and
effective for all women of reproductive age. I support the current Maine law allowing
pharmacists to initiate emergency contraception drug therapy if they are working in collaboration
with a doctor or after they have completed a training program in emergency contraception.
Finally, I absolutely support laws requiring emergency rooms to provide information about
emergency contraception upon request as well as dispense it upon request.

9. Do you support the prohibition on the practice of “partial-birth abortions” in which a
baby is partially delivered and then aborted?

_______ YES ___X____ NO


10. Will you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning abortions except to
save the life of the mother?

_______ YES ___X____ NO

I am staunchly pro-choice. I agree with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade more than
40 years ago that abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. My
respect for and trust in women to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives is
rooted in my family and in my experience, and it is and always has been unwavering. If I am
elected governor, I will oppose and veto all attempts to directly or indirectly restrict access to
safe and legal abortion for the citizens of Maine, regardless of whether they are insured
privately or are MaineCare clients. When Maine’s legislators voted to codify the Maine
Reproductive Privacy Act in the Maine State Constitution in 1993, Mike Michaud voted no.
(Source: LD 318, 1993) In 2008, when asked directly if he supported Roe vs. Wade, he refused
to answer the question. (Source: MPBN, 2008,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kn0MUSAsag) Michaud has a 28-year record of voting to
interfere with and restrict a woman’s right to choose, both in the Maine State Legislature and the
United States Congress. I have been – and always will be – unwavering on this issue.


Additional Comments:
I am under no illusions that I will receive your endorsement. I am returning your questionnaire
with my answers to your questions, but, because I believe that many of your questions speak to
important issues that deserve much more than just a 'yes' or 'no' answer, I have chosen to
respond in a way that respects that fact - and respects your membership. I would welcome the
opportunity to participate in any National Pro-Life Alliance debates or forums attended by other
Maine candidates for governor during 2014.


Signed: _____________________________________________ Date: _____________________

Mr. Eliot Cutler, Party: I
Candidate for Maine Governor


Please return signed survey to:
National Pro-Life Alliance
5211 Port Royal Rd, Ste. 500, Springfield, Vienna, Virginia 22151