Stem Cell Research

July 20, 2006 - Stem Cell Research

I was disappointed to see that Congress was unable to override President Bush's veto of the Stem Cell Research bill that had passed on both houses. We need to move forward into this promising area of scientific research, and the best way to do it is through federal funding and government grants.

I find it ironic that President Bush has more concern for left-over microscopic embryos destined for destruction than he does for living human beings -- be they people suffering from ailments that stem cell research might help, or our good military men and women sent into an unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq.

Reproductive Rights

After several years of approval, NARAL has refused this election year to endorse Olympia Snowe because of her votes for anti-choice federal judges in 2005, and of course, because of her vote last January to confirm Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

...So I see the abortion debate not just in terms of Constitutional rights, or even fundamental human rights, but also in terms of religious freedom.

Jan. 31, 2006 - Alito Vote

With Judge Alito's confirmation, we are now facing the real possibility of Roe being dismantled. But we are also looking at a drastic shift in not only the balance on the Supreme Court, but in the balance of powers among the three branches of government.

Held at the USM Lewiston campus
"A President already grasping at power unheard of in our nation's history, and a complicit Supreme Court stacked in the President's favor, does not bode well for the continuation of freedom and democracy in America."

FARMINGTON (Maine) -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright said Sunday that Olympia Snowe's indecision about her vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court has destroyed her long-standing reputation as a pro-choice politician.

"Look at the millions of dollars being spent on ads and organized persuasion, on both sides of the Judge Alito issue, to convince Olympia Snowe to vote one way or the other," Hay Bright, said in remarks to the Franklin County Democratic Committee on the University of Maine Farmington campus. "If Olympia Snowe were adamantly pro-choice, as her reputation claims, she would not be on the fence. Her vote would not be up for grabs, as it apparently is, over the confirmation of a judge who has a written and public record of opposition to Roe v. Wade."

Candidate Forum - West Newfield
"If the Supreme Court rules that the President of the United States can issue orders that are automatically lawful by virtue of his position as President, no matter how much or badly they conflict with laws passed by Congress or even provisions in the U.S. Constitution, then how useful is it to know that Judge Alito thinks not even the President is above the law?"

Whose body is it, anyway? - October 1999
Everywoman's Right To Choose - Winter 1994-95
Life and Birth in the 1700s - February 15, 1995
Full text of Roe v. Wade - January 22, 1973

Gay Rights

"The so-called 'Marriage Protection Amendment' to the U.S. Constitution is indefensible, and flies in the face of the religious and personal freedoms embodied in that great document," Jean Hay Bright, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a statement today.

Nov. 8, 2005 - Mainers Voted NO on 1! The addition of "sexual orientation" to Maine's Civil Right Law stands!

Jean supported Governor Baldacci and the Maine Legislature in its expansion of equal rights protections to include "sexual orientation" in the areas of employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The Upcoming Vote on Sexual Fantasies - January 3, 1998
Human Rights Grow On You - August 1, 1995
Not all Carrots are Straight - October 1993
Blackmail and Gays in the Military - May 29, 1993
Civil Rights

September 25, 2006 - Torture

It is amazing to me that, here in the United States of America, Congress is discussing the fine points of torture -- what is legal, how far can we go in mistreating prisoners we are holding, without our agents being prosecuted under national and international law and treaties.

How far we have fallen, that this is even an issue. I grew up being taught that torture is what other "bad" countries did to their enemies, and that here in America we were better than that, above that...

The Senate's confirmation May 26, 2006, of Gen. Michael Hayden to be the new CIA director is the latest troubling example of a weak and ineffective Senate willing to look the other way in the face of strong evidence of Constitutional wrong-doing by the Bush Administration.

"Senate hearings began Monday on the President's failure to comply with the FISA law, which oversees presidential authorization of wiretaps on American citizens...It is time for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate this situation. This is serious stuff, and I would hope the dominance of the Republican Party in the U.S. Senate will not stand in the way of getting to the bottom of this issue."

Campaign Update - Waldo County Democrats, Belfast
"I just learned this morning that the revised Patriot Act, postponed from before Christmas to a vote in early February, contains a couple of clauses that are truly frightening. The worst one would allow a person to be thrown into prison for a year for holding up an "unauthorized sign" at a Democratic or Republican national convention, at an appearance by the President or Vice President, or at any other event designated by the Secret Service as a 'national security event.' "

Iraq War Forum - Bangor Theological Seminary
"But beyond the moral and ethical arguments is the overriding reality that TORTURE DOES NOT WORK. Information gleaned from tortured prisoners cannot be trusted. We can't expect to save the world based on statements made by tortured prisoners.

Likewise, people are starting to key into the fact - the reality - that WAR ALSO DOES NOT WORK. We are beginning to consider that war itself is bad, is obsolete, is not the answer."

PRESQUE ISLE - U.S. Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright Saturday criticized Senator Olympia Snowe for her vote Thursday (Nov. 10, 2005) to deny detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, access to federal courts to challenge their long-term detentions. The Dixmont Democrat noted that the habeas corpus vote is just the latest denial of basic human rights by Maine's incumbent Republican Senator, the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.