Dill slams AG, Snowe as ‘far right’ on birth control (Feb. 24, 2012)

Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, today signed on to a letter from legislators to Maine Attorney General William Schneider asking him to stop opposing a federal requirement that insurance companies cover contraceptives for all women no matter where they work.

“I believe this move by the AG is not only wrong and inconsistent with Maine law, but is also politically motivated by the far right,” said Dill, the only female candidate bidding to unseat U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. “For that reason, I am signing on to a letter asking him to remove his name from the letter he signed earlier this week. I will continue to work to remove Maine from the list of states opposing this basic health care, which is used by 99% of Maine women.

“Maine people believe women should have access to birth control no matter where they work,” Dill said.

Since 1999, Maine has required all health insurance policies that provide prescription drug coverage to include contraceptive coverage, with an exception for churches and religious schools. Maine is one of 28 states that require such coverage.

Schneider himself once voted in support of the measure, while serving in the Maine House.

Snowe voted in favor of the measure in 2001, but also has backtracked and now supports radical legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that would allow all employers to deny women access to birth control.

“It shows how far right the Republican Party has moved,” Dill said, “and how important it is that we elect people who hold mainstream views on sensitive health care issues. Contraception saves money and lives. We are asking the attorney general: Please don’t move our state backwards on this issue critical to the health of Maine women.”

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