Maryland Gov. Wes Moore Pushes Amendment to Make Abortion a Constitutional Right

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 9, 2023   |   10:48AM   |   Annapolis, Maryland

The new Democrat governor of Maryland wants to pass a state constitutional amendment this year to create a right to abort unborn babies for any reason up to birth.

On Thursday, Gov. Wes Moore and state Democrat leaders plan to announce the amendment and other legislation to expand abortions in the already strongly pro-abortion state, according to the Associated Press. Joining him will be state House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson.

“We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: Maryland needs to be a state that is a safe haven for abortion rights,” Moore said in January.

Maryland law allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, and is home to at least two late-term abortion facilities. It allows nurse practitioners and midwives to abort unborn babies and allows underage girls to get abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

ACTION ALERT: To condemn this proposal, Contact Gov. Wes Moore.

The amendment would make it more difficult for future state legislatures to pass any protections for unborn babies and mothers against abortion.

To amend the Maryland Constitution, the measure must pass the state legislature by a three-fifths majority and then be approved by voters on the ballot. This year, Democrats won supermajorities in the state House and Senate, the AP reports.

In January, Moore used one of his first acts as governor to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions when he approved $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars to train more abortionists. Last year, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, refused to approve the funding.

Maryland does not report its abortion numbers to the Centers for Disease Control, so it is not clear exactly how many unborn babies are killed there every year. Johnstons Archive reported an estimated 30,750 abortions in 2020 based on research from the Guttmacher Institute.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional right to abortion in June, the pro-abortion movement has been trying to create a “right” to abort unborn babies in state constitutions through ballot initiatives. Vermont, California and Michigan passed pro-abortion constitutional amendments in November, and abortion activists are trying to advance similar measures in other states.

Several states have pro-life constitutional amendments that voters passed in recent years, including Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Currently, 14 states are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and others are fighting in court to do the same. Pro-life leaders estimate tens of thousands of babies’ lives have been saved since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable.

ACTION ALERT: To condemn this proposal, Contact Gov. Wes Moore.