Maryland

Legislation boosts Maryland’s rating with LGBTQ+ policy tracking think tank

While the 2024 session was a bit more understated on new legislative protections for Maryland’s LGBTQ+ population compared to previous years, a nationwide policy tracker reports that the state is creating a more LGBTQ+ friendly state based off recent legislation. The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) follows the ever-changing policy landscape across the United States and how it affects the nation’s LGBTQ+ population. The independent, nonprofit think tank regularly updates a policy map to indicate which states the group deems safer for LGBTQ+ individuals and which have more hostile policies. According to a recent update from the organization, the legislation passed…
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Maryland abortion clinics could get money for security under bill in state Senate

"Abortion clinics in Maryland could pay for enhanced security and greater access through a grant program being considered by state lawmakers, who want to tap into millions of dollars that have sat unused by insurance carries as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Supporters testified Wednesday that Maryland is seeing a rising demand on its abortion clinics, including from women from out of state, since the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Security concerns, long an issue at clinics, also have been increasing, supporters of the bill told the Maryland Senate Finance Committee at a…
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Reproductive rights up for vote on Maryland’s 2024 ballot

Reproductive rights up for vote on Maryland's 2024 ballot BALTIMORE - Abortion rights will be on the Maryland ballot in 2024. Abortions are legal in Maryland. However, state lawmakers last year passed an amendment that would enshrine the right to an abortion, and "reproductive freedom," in Maryland's constitution. 
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Are Maryland prisons out of bounds with federal requirements for trans prisoners?

Nearly a year after formerly incarcerated transgender people testified to Maryland lawmakers about the troubling conditions they faced in state prisons and Baltimore jails, the agency in charge of their care continues to violate federal standards in how it houses trans prisoners, according to a coalition of trans rights advocates.
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Abortion rights advocates launch ‘Vote Yes’ campaign as Maryland ahead of vote on new amendment

"Abortion rights supporters Monday kicked off their campaign to "Vote Yes" on November's ballot referendum to enshrine the right to an abortion in the state's constitution. "We can't take anything for granted when it comes to reproductive health care," Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones said Monday. "We don't just need to win. We need to send a message."..."
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Jakeya Johnson Secures Future Reproductive Care Access

(BOWIE, Md.) – Jakeya Johnson, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduates from Bowie State with a master’s degree in public administration this week and is already on a fast track establishing herself as change agent, social justice advocate and someone who is making a difference in the world.  Johnson was given an assignment in one of her graduate courses that required developing a policy solution for a public problem. Since she is a major proponent of reproductive rights and freedom, that issue became the topic of her research project and much more. Increasing reproductive health care services on Bowie State’s campus…
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City Council resolution would shield abortion seekers in Baltimore from out-of-state prosecution

"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...."
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Baltimore opens grant applications to abortion care services

"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...."
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Maryland Is Becoming the Patron State of Abortions

"...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…
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One Year After Roe’s Fall, Here’s Where Abortion Access Stands In The D.C. Region

"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...."
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New abortion provider in Western Maryland will cut patients’ journeys from West Virginia, where procedure is banned

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. 
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Governor Moore Announced Plan in Partnership with University of Maryland Medical System to Ensure Access to Mifepristone in Maryland

"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..."
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Anti-abortion rights demonstrators assaulted outside Baltimore Planned Parenthood, police say

"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...."
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