by Steven Ertelt
March 22, 2005
Annapolis, MD (LifeNews.com) — The Maryland state legislature has rejected another attempt to limit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. The Atlantic state is one of the few in the country to use state funds to pay for abortions in virtually all situations for poor women on the Medicaid program.
The Maryland House voted 79-52 against an amendment to a bill that would have limited the cases state funds are used for abortions to situations when the life of the mother is in danger, and in cases of rape and incest.
The amendment would have prohibited abortions that are supposedly needed in cases of the physical or emotional health of the woman, even though abortions are rarely medically necessary. Most Maryland Medicaid-funded abortions are listed as needed for those reasons.
Nearly 4,000 abortions are paid for with taxpayer funds annually.
About 34,560 abortions are performed annually in Maryland, according to the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute. The state does not require the keeping of official abortion figures as almost all other states do.
In 2000, Maryland had 42 facilities where abortions are performed.