Healthy Options 8/2/23: Maine Family Planning after the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall

Healthy Options: For Well-being & Being Well

This month:

What legislation has been proposed or passed in Maine to protect & strengthen reproductive health?
How has Maine been affected by the reversal of Roe v. Wade?
Maine is not considered a “safety state” due to its distance to other states, but have we seen an increase in out-of-state clients, due to restrictions elsewhere?
What are reproductive rights, and what is reproductive justice?
What other health resources are provided at clinics, aside from reproductive health?
How are the overall health services negatively affected, when reproductive choice & abortion services are curtailed or eliminated? When clinics shut down, how does this directly impact clients?
What are the risks and dangers which can & do arise from restricting medical services for clients (of any gender)?
What are various methods of family planning which are used in clinics?
What are the issues relating to “late-term” abortions? What is a medication abortion? How does this work, and how effective is it? How is this method being opposed now by those who favored the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade?


Lindsey Piper is a nurse practitioner specializing in sexual and reproductive health, and is the Lead Clinician for the Center for Reproductive Health at Maine Family Planning, providing direct abortion services as well as guidance & training, for health care providers.
Lindsey also sees clients in her Belfast, Maine clinic for gynecologic visits, gender-affirming hormone treatment, abortions, and vasectomy. She has been in this field for over 20 years, working for independent, feminist health care clinics, and Planned Parenthood.

Mareisa Weil is Maine Family Planning’s Vice President for Development & Community Engagement. She has a Master’s degree in Policy, Planning and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and has worked with Colby College, the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care, and the Homeless Services Center in Santa Cruz, California.


About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.