Ignoring warnings about putting women’s lives at risk, the Maryland Legislature voted Saturday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a radical pro-abortion bill.
Now, nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants may abort unborn babies in Maryland. The legislation also allocates $3.5 million taxpayer dollars to train medical workers to become abortionists and forces health insurance plans to cover elective abortions without co-pay.
Hogan, who is not pro-life, vetoed the bill Friday, saying it would endanger women’s lives.
“The bill risks lowering the high standard of reproductive health care services received by women in Maryland,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “These procedures are complex and can, and often do, result in significant medical complications that require the attention of a licensed physician.”
Responding to claims about the bill being “progress” for women, Hogan said he vetoed the bill because the opposite is true.
“The only impact that this bill would have on women’s reproductive rights would be to set back standards for women’s health care and safety,” he said.
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Despite Hogan’s warnings, the Democrat-controlled state legislature overrode his veto Saturday, voting 90-46 in the state House and 29-15 in the state Senate, according to Maryland Matters.
State Del. Ariana Kelly, D-Montgomery County, the lead sponsor of the bill, urged the legislature to expand abortions because the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. She claimed abortions are health care, and women should be able to “access the care that they need, when they need it,” the Baltimore Sun reports.
“Within the next two months, we are going to have 50 years of progress on access to reproductive health care for women turned back in this country, and Maryland is not hiding from that fact,” Kelly said.
However, Republicans said the legislation would put women’s and unborn babies’ lives at risk and make Maryland a “destination” state for abortions.
“I am not proud of Maryland becoming known as an abortion destination,” said state Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, R-Eastern Shore, according to the Sun.
House Minority Leader Haven Shoemaker, R-Carroll, also slammed the bill prior to the vote, calling it the “most radical expansion of abortion in Maryland’s history in a state that already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country,” Maryland Matters reports.
Earlier, Republican lawmakers also criticized Democrats for rejecting amendments to the bill that would have required abortionists to offer follow-up care to women after their abortions and required medical care to be offered to viable, late-term babies who survive abortions.
The Maryland Catholic Conference, Maryland Right to Life and other pro-life organizations opposed the bill and urged lawmakers to protect unborn babies and mothers.
“One of the few health and safety protections for pregnant women in the Maryland Code is the legal requirement that only a licensed physician may perform abortions,” Maryland Right to Life said. “But the abortion industry is asking the state to authorize them to put profits over pregnant patients and allow practically anyone to ‘perform’ surgical abortions and ‘provide’ dangerous chemical abortion pills.”
Maryland allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. The state does not require abortion facilities to report their abortion numbers, but Maryland Right to Life estimates nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted there every year.