Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) called the local police department on Saturday in response to a chalk message in favor of choosing outside her home in Bangor, Maine. the Bangor Daily News reported the incident on Monday without naming who called the police. A copy of the police report shared with Mother Jones confirms that the complainant was Collins.
The note outside the senator’s house was not threatening, but polite, and written in multiple colors of chalk: “Susie, please, the Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,” it said.
The message refers to the Women’s Health Protection Act, a law that aims to protect the right to abortion at the national level. The Senate will vote on the bill on Wednesday in light of the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion indicating that the court is ready to overturn roe deer v. Veal. The local public works department was called in to wash away the plaster.
“We are grateful to the Bangor police officers and the city public works employee who responded to the disfigurement of public property in front of our home,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News.
Collins’ staff could not be contacted immediately for comment as to why he felt the need to call the police. she he said WHPA legislation is too broad and you intend to vote against it.