I was concerned to learn that St. Andre Home has to end two of the agency’s primary programs: its adoption program and Starling Place (a group home for pregnant women).

I would expect that these programs could be supported by both pro-life and pro-choice groups. I have noticed Gov. LePage’s presence at pro-life events and find it incongruent that his administration would make such devastating cuts to this organization.

In July 2013, “the priorities of the state of Maine changed,” St. Andre Home has stated. I have seen changes in recent years that create fear and hardship among the most vulnerable of Maine’s population. Now it is pregnant women who choose to continue their pregnancies in difficult economic circumstances who are having the shelter removed from over their heads.

Isn’t it time that those on both sides of the abortion issue ask questions of the governor and Department of Health and Human Services regarding their priorities and funding decisions?

Don’t we want homeless pregnant women to have options in order to make their best decisions? Are we so full of blame and out of compassion?

Holly Travers


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.