ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland voters will decide next year whether to include abortion rights in Maryland’s constitution, the House of Delegates voted Thursday to vote on Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot
The House voted 98-38 for a bill that has already cleared the state Senate by the three-fifths margin needed to bring the question before voters in 2024. A simple majority would be needed for it to be approved by voters.
In June, the US Supreme Court in 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling, giving control over abortion to the states. Since then, states have been working to restrict or strengthen access to abortion.
Since November, three states have ratified abortion protections in their constitutions, including California, Vermont and Michigan. Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure aimed at denying any constitutional protections for abortion.
Missouri voters can decide whether to restore abortion rights constitutional amendment Make it on the 2024 ballot. The proposals would amend the state constitution to protect abortion rights and pregnant patients, as well as access to birth control. Now, most abortions are illegal in the state. There are exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for cases of rape or incest.
In Ohio, supporters of a proposal to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution signatures in archive stage to get more than 413,000 voters to place the issue on the fall ballot.
The right to abortion is already protected in Maryland law. The state approved legislation in 1991 to protect abortion rights if the Supreme Court allowed it to restrict abortions. That legislation was petitioned for a ballot measure and voters approved the right in 1992 with 62% of the vote. Advocates argue that adding the protection to the state constitution would make it even more difficult for opponents to try to take away abortion rights in the future.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland.
A constitutional amendment in Maryland does not require approval by the state’s governor, although Gov. Wes Moore, a Democrat, has expressed support for it, along with other bills the General Assembly is moving this year to protect abortion rights.
Another Maryland Designed to Measure protect patients and providers From criminal, civil, and administrative penalties related to abortion bans or restrictions in other states.
a separate data privacy bill It aims to protect medical and insurance records on reproductive health in an electronic health information exchange that can be shared quickly and widely at the state level.
another solution would be ensure public colleges and universities Maryland plans for student access near campuses to birth control, including emergency contraception and abortion pills.
Maryland lawmakers have said the state is already seeing an increase in patients from other states. a new abortion provider That’s starting in western Maryland this year — just across from deeply conservative West Virginia, where state lawmakers recently passed a nearly total abortion ban.
The Women’s Health Center of Maryland in Cumberland, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from West Virginia, will open its doors in June to provide abortions to patients in central Appalachia, a regional clinic operator says is an “abortion desert.”
Last year, Maryland lawmakers enacted a law on then-Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto is intended to expand abortion access by eliminating a restriction that only physicians can provide abortions and requiring most insurance plans to cover abortion care at no cost. The law enabled nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide abortions with training.
Moore, in his first act as governor, announced in January that he was Issuance of $3.5 million Expanding abortion training in the state. Hogan, a Republican, refused to release the money while in office.
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