WASHINGTON — Democratic majorities across the country are defending abortion rights, even in the face of Republican governors who want to make it harder to access the care that Americans deserve. The Hill details how Democrats in the Maryland legislature overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto this weekend to expand abortion access in the state.
“Republicans in the states, Congress, and on the courts have shown they are a threat to abortion rights,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Thanks to our hardworking Democratic supermajority, Marylanders can rest assured that when it comes to their reproductive rights, they will be able to make the best possible decision for themselves, instead of having to listen to Republican politicians. This bold effort to protect progress was only possible because of our Democratic majority in the state, which is why the DLCC is investing and fighting to defend and expand Democratic seats across the country.”
Read more about this important Democratic legislation below:
The Hill: Maryland legislature overrides Hogan’s veto, expands abortion access
Maryland’s Democratic-controlled legislature overrode a veto from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Saturday to expand abortion access in the state.
The state Senate voted 90 to 46 and the House voted 29 to 15 to bypass Hogan’s veto of the legislation.
The law makes it so not only physicians but also other medical providers, such as nurse practitioners, can perform abortions. It also mandates that the state provide $3.5 million in funding a year to train providers in how to carry out the procedure and requires most insurance plans to cover abortions fully…
The legislation will take effect July 1.
The move comes as a number of states around the country have moved to either expand or restrict abortion access in recent months.
The Supreme Court is set to weigh on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban later this year in a case that could directly challenge Roe v. Wade, the high court’s landmark 1973 decision recognizing a constitutional right to abortion.
The case is set to be heard by a majority conservative court, with six conservative justices and three liberal justices.