Maine Family Planning Patient Story Bank
Maine Family Planning and our allies are working to improve rural health care by changing state law to allow qualified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to perform abortions. Right now, Maine’s “physician-only” law makes it more difficult—and expensive—for people to access abortion care, in some cases forcing them to travel many hours, take time off work and/or care taking responsibilities, and pay for childcare to obtain the procedure.

We have clinicians and medical staff who are ready to share their perspectives on why nurse practitioners and nurse midwives are well-qualified to provide abortions. Now, we need REAL-LIFE STORIES from patients like you.

We can help you tell your story in a way that makes you feel comfortable. By sharing your experience, you can help women across Maine access critical health care. If you would prefer to contact an MFP staff member directly, please feel free to send an email ( or give us a call at (207-626-3243).

Thank you for lending your voice to the struggle for just health care access in Maine!

Are you currently a Maine resident, or were you a Maine resident at the time of your story? (We are focused on gathering stories from folks who live in Maine) *
Which Maine town and/or county do/did you live in? *
Your answer
Did you have to travel a long way to get an abortion? *
If you answered yes to the above, about how far did you have to travel to access care?
Your answer
If you answered yes to the above, did you have to make special arrangements to make the trip—lining up childcare, taking time off work, borrowing a vehicle or otherwise finding transportation, etc.? Please briefly explain.
Your answer
Did you have to delay your appointment for an abortion until a physician was available? *
If you answered yes to the above, how did the delay impact you?
Your answer
Were you unable to get an abortion because of travel, costs, or scheduling problems? *
If you answered yes to the above, please indicate which factors prohibited you from accessing an abortion. (Check all that apply)
Please use the narrative space below to share anything else about your experience that you feel is important to know.
Your answer
I give permission for Maine Family Planning to quote my story in communications material (website, literature, etc) using only my first name and town. *
Please indicate if you would like your story to be shared anonymously (no name or town information shared).
I would like a Maine Family Planning staff member to contact me to further discuss other ways to share my story in support of advocacy efforts.
If you would like a follow up call or email, please list your name and the best phone number and/or email to reach you, and we will be in touch shortly.
Your answer
Please indicate if it is safe to leave a voice mail on your phone that identifies Maine Family Planning.
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