The 2012 Maryland Legislative Session
Planned Parenthood of Maryland continues to protect access to the full range of reproductive health services in Maryland. While the Guttmacher Institute reports that More than half of all reproductive-age U.S. women now live in states hostile to abortion rights, in Maryland, we are standing firm to ensure that abortion and contraception services remain accessible.
During the 2012 session we saw the introduction of four anti-choice bills. With community support, we were successful in blocking every one of these measures:
#House Bill 967 - Pregnancy Outcomes - Confidential Statistical Reporting Requirements:
This bill would have required that abortion providers report information about each abortion to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. PPM believes that this measure would create significant concerns about confidentiality for women seeking abortion services, and their providers.
#Senate Bill 427 - Pregnancy Outcomes - Confidential Statistical Reporting Requirements:
See explanation of House Bill 967, above.
#Senate Bill 583 - Health - Medical Procedures - Ultrasound Options:
This bill would have required physicians to offer to show an ultrasound, if performed, to a woman prior to an abortion. PPM believes that clinical protocols should not be legislated, particularly when the intent is to intimidate women.
#Senate Bill 590 - Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Abortion Coverage – Prohibition:
The bill would have prohibited insurers from providing abortion coverage on the State Health Benefit Exchange. PPM believes that this measure would have created barriers to women seeking the full range of reproductive health services. While the Nelson Amendment of the Affordable Care Act prohibits federal subsidies from paying for abortion services in most circumstances, this bill would have prohibited individuals or employers from using their own funds to purchase abortion coverage.
PPM is proud to be in a state that still protects access to reproductive health services, but we know that we cannot let our guard down. Just recently, we’ve seen our neighbors in Virginia and Pennsylvania lose access to abortion services with mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling, and no financial assistance for low-income women. Worse yet, in Virginia medically unnecessary ultrasounds are now required pre-abortion, and abortion facilities must make unnecessary architectural changes if they want to keep their doors open.
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With your help, Maryland will continue to be a state which values the health and reproductive rights of all women and men. In Maryland, we are standing firm to ensure that abortion and contraception services remain accessible.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM) is a primary resource to Maryland legislators on issues of reproductive healthcare and education. Media inquiries should be directed to PPM's Communications Department at (410) 576-2162.
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To learn more about campaigns that Planned Parenthood is working on nationally, visit the Planned Parenthood Action Center.Maryland has been given an 'A' by NARAL Pro-Choice America for women's access to reproductive health services, ranking fifth in the nation. For more information about Maryland's pro-choice status including information on current News and Legislation visit the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland website by clicking here.