"Baltimore City Council is taking on a bill to further protect abortion providers from out-of-state prosecution. Baltimore City Council resolution 185-r would prevent the city from retaining records that might be used to retaliate against people seeking abortion care. "Health care should be protected, especially reproductive health care," said Karen Nelson, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Maryland passed a law this year protecting patient information from being shared out-of-state without permission...."
"Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Tuesday the city would direct a second round of grant funding to nonprofit organizations providing abortion and abortion care services. This year, Baltimore-based organizations will be eligible for awards of up to $30,000 from the Abortion Protection Fund, facilitated by the city in partnership with the Baltimore Civic Fund. Applications for qualified nonprofits are open through August 18...."
"...Soon after her Charleston clinic was forced to cease providing abortions, Quiñonez-Alonzo spent a day looking at potential locations for a new clinic. Standing in a parking lot of one property in rural far-western Maryland, less than two miles from the West Virginia border, the realtor pointed in the distance. “She said, ‘You see those mountains over there? That’s West Virginia, actually,’ ” Quiñonez-Alonzo recalled. The visual proximity to the state held a symbolic resonance. “That sentence really cemented in my mind: This is the building,” Quiñonez-Alonzo said. “This has to be the building where Women’s Health Center of Maryland…
"In Virginia, now the southernmost state without a post-Roe ban, the future of abortion access remains a contentious debate — and one expected to heat up in this fall’s off-off year election where abortion is expected to be a top line issue. ... D.C. lawmakers, like those in Maryland, acted to protect the many out-of-state travelers they anticipated would flock to the D.C. area in a post-Roe landscape...."
Katie Quiñonez stood ankle deep in snow last December in front of a brick building about 5 miles west of the West Virginia state line, staring at a small brass key in her hand. She had rented a two-door hatchback to drive through the Allegheny Mountains during a blizzard to get there.
"On Friday, the Moore-Miller Administration and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced a plan in partnership with University of Maryland Medical System to purchase a substantial amount of mifepristone to protect essential health care access..."
"Anti-abortion rights demonstrators were attacked Friday, one brutally, after an ideological argument outside a Planned Parenthood in Baltimore, police said. The attack involved the suspect tackling an 80-year-old man and pummeling a 73-year-old man before kicking him "with extreme force" in the face, police said...."
"In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal abortion protections, state legislatures have passed new laws to shape abortion access in their states. While some states aimed to severely restrict access to abortions, states such as Maryland are seen as “access points” due to more lenient abortion laws. People who wish to terminate their pregnancies are likely to travel into the state for those services. This dynamic is on display at a new clinic called the Women’s Health Clinic of Maryland, set to open in late June. The new Maryland clinic is an extension of the Women’s…
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and state lawmakers pose for photos at a bill-signing ceremony on May 3, 2023, in Annapolis. Maryland Democratic Gov. Wes Moore signed bills into law Wednesday that enshrine abortion rights and protect gender-affirming care