Eight Abortion Clinics Have Closed in Maryland and a Democrat Politician is Not Happy

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 18, 2022   |   10:36AM   |   Annapolis, Maryland

A Maryland Democrat lawmaker recently complained that her state is “going in the wrong direction” because abortion facilities are closing while the population is growing.

The Associated Press published state Del. Ariana Kelly’s comment in an article earlier this week about efforts by the Maryland legislature to expand abortions.

A Montgomery County Democrat, Kelly recently introduced a bill to allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives to do abortions. Currently, Maryland only allows licensed doctors to abort unborn babies.

In the AP article, Kelly complained that the state has eight fewer abortion facilities than it did three decades ago, down from 52 to 44.

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“That’s a 15-percent drop in the number of providers, while at the same time we have seen a 28-percent increase in the population, so we have clearly been going in the wrong direction,” she said, according to the article.

By “wrong direction,” it is not clear if Kelly meant that too many babies were born who should have been aborted, or if she meant that the number of abortion facilities has not kept up with public demand. Either way, she wrongly supposes that Marylanders want to or need to abort their unborn babies.

The state does not require abortion facilities to report their abortion numbers, but the pro-life organization estimate nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Maryland every year.

Abortion is not health care, as Kelly claimed in the article, and tens of thousands of U.S. medical professionals confirm this. The purpose of an abortion is to kill a baby in the womb, not to heal or save. According to the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, more than 90 percent of OB-GYNs do not even do abortions.

What’s more, abortions can permanently scar mothers, both physically and psychologically. Abortion risks include infertility, future preterm births, anxiety, depression, suicide and death. Fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends also are affected by abortions, often mourning for years for the child who was killed.

Kelly’s comments also seemed to imply that there is an unmet demand for abortions, but this also is dubious. While the Maryland population has grown over the past three decades, birth rates and teen pregnancy rates have dropped, and fewer young people are marrying and having children. So even if abortions were a “health care need,” fewer women seem to be needing them.

Plus, abortion facilities primarily are businesses that rely on demand for their deadly “services.” So, when they close in pro-abortion states like Maryland, often it’s because women just do not want abortions.

Whatever Kelly meant by her comments, they do signify a radical shift among abortion activists and politicians. Many are abandoning the pro-choice label for the increasingly preferred pro-abortion, and rejecting the once-popular claim that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” The emphasis is not on abortion prevention anymore; it’s all about expanding abortions so that more unborn babies can be killed every year. As if 63.5 million aborted babies since 1973 is not enough.