Maryland Democrats override governor’s veto to fund abortion education, allow non-doctors to perform abortions

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The Maryland State House and Senate on Saturday overturned Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto, passing a bill to expand abortion ahead of the much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which observers say will nullify or restrict the 1973 law Roe v. Wade.

The bill, HB 937, establishes the “Abortion Care Clinical Education Program” in the Maryland Department of Health “to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of health care professionals to provide abortion care. ‘abortion’, requires the governor to include $3.5 million in the annual budget to fund the program and changes the law to allow professionals other than doctors to perform abortions.


Thank you so much to my colleagues in the House for voting to override the Governor’s veto of my legislation to protect our public health officials from undue political influence,” House Democratic Delegate Joseline A. Pena wrote. -Melnyk on Twitter. “It is imperative that we guide our policy through science.”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will not be running for the United States Senate during a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly passed the bill last month, with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposing it.

Governor Hogan vetoed the bill on Friday, saying HB 937 “risks lowering the high standard of reproductive health care services received by women in Maryland. These procedures are complex and can and do result in often significant medical complications that require the attention of a licensed physician.”

“The only impact this bill would have on women’s reproductive rights would be to roll back standards for women’s health care and safety,” Hogan added.


The Maryland House overruled the veto, 90-46, and the Senate overruled the veto, 29-15, along party lines Saturday.

Annapolis, Maryland, USA skyline and State House.

Annapolis, Maryland, USA skyline and State House.
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Of the. Adriana Kelley, Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill, told CBS News that HB 937 “makes sure people have access to care, especially people of color, especially low-income people, especially people with We know restrictions on doctors exacerbate health inequities, and we are trying to reduce health inequities in the state of Maryland with this bill.”

Of the. Haven Shoemaker, the Republican House Minority Whip, described the bill as “the most sweeping expansion of abortion in the history of Maryland in a state that already has some of the abortion laws the most liberal in the country.

States with Democratic legislatures passed laws codifying abortion in case Roe was overthrown. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed a law creating a “fundamental right” to abortion and denying any right to the unborn child. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo, DN.Y., signed legislation codifying abortion rights and explicit deletion protections against unborn children.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo of the Supreme Court is seen in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo of the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Meanwhile, states with Republican legislatures have passed laws restricting abortion, with Texas and Idaho passing laws allowing private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against those who aid or abet abortions after the death. detection of a fetal heart rate, at approximately 6 weeks of pregnancy.


Overthrowing Roe would likely increase the problem at the state level. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization, predicted that 26 states are likely to ban abortion or severely limit access if the Court overturns Roe.

While many polls suggest Americans support Roe, in-depth polls reveal a more complicated picture. Asked about their views on abortion during specific periods of pregnancy and other situations, 71% of Americans say they support restricting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy (22%), or in other limited circumstances such as rape and incest (28%), to save the mother’s life (9%) or not at all (12%). Only 17% of Americans said abortion should be available throughout an entire pregnancy, and 12% said it should be limited to the first six months.

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