Susan Collins complains of more abortion rights chalking outside of her home
According to The Bangor Daily News, a multitude of messages was“If I don’t own my body…what do I own?”, “You work for us!,” “There are more variables than just birth,” “You might not recognize our right to free speech, but I hope you recognize my right to an abortion,” “FOR WOMAN,” “S.O.S. – Save Us Susie,” “Blessed be the First Amendment,” “Vote for WHPA,” “Education is pivotal” and “Mainers for abortion rights" left on the sidewalks. Some of the messages included:
The chalk message that refers to WHPA is an acronym for Women’s Health Protection Act which the outlet notes could "codify the right to abortion into law."
Collins voted vote in opposition to the bill back in February. However, she is now being criticized for voting in favor of confirming U.S. Supreme Court Justices justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, after Politico revealed the two supported an opinionated draft that would ultimately overturn the constitutional precedent set with Roe v. Wade.
Collins' husband, Tom Daffron, also noticed the chalk on Tuesday but opted not to contact the police. However, in Collins' case, it is being reported that U.S. Capitol Police advised her to make the call. The latest reports come just days after Collins received death threats over the weekend. Following that incident, Bangor Police Department also echoed Capitol Police and advised Collins to contact law enforcement “when there is activity directed at her around her home.”
City solicitor David Szewczyk has released a statement addressing the situation. He also offered an update noting that his department removed the chalk from the sidewalk after receiving a complaint of “graffiti on public property.” He also made it clear that the removal is the department's “usual procedure of removing graffiti from public property.”
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