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Democrats Act Quickly to Override Governor Hogan’s Abortion Access Veto

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ANNAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure to expand abortion access in Maryland was overturned by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly on Saturday.

The state will end a restriction that only doctors can perform abortions. The new law will allow nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide training. It creates an abortion care training program and requires public funding of $3.5 million a year, and also requires most insurance plans to cover abortions free of charge.

Delegate Emily Shetty said she supported the measure on the House floor as a mother who experienced a high-risk pregnancy. She also described being a survivor of sexual assault in college and the struggles she faced “with the weight of what happened after that incident.”

“And luckily the incident didn’t result in a pregnancy, but had it done, it would have changed my life dramatically if I hadn’t been able to access the care I needed at the time. “said Shetty, a Democrat.

Hogan wrote in his veto letter that the legislation “endangers women’s health and lives by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.”

The measure comes at a time when the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is debating whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that prohibited states from banning abortion.

If they do, at least 26 states are likely to outright ban abortion or severely limit access, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization that supports human rights. ‘abortion.

“In this context, it is very important that we keep in mind that the strategies used by this bill ensure that people can access the care they need, when they need it, no matter what. with the rest of the country — it doesn’t matter what happens with the Supreme Court,” Del said. Ariana Kelly, a Democrat who was the primary sponsor of the bill.

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Republican lawmakers criticized the provision allocating $3.5 million of taxpayers’ money each year to pay for the training. Delegate Haven Shoemaker, the House Minority Whip, described the bill as “the most sweeping expansion of abortion in the history of Maryland in a state that already has some of the laws on abortion. most liberal abortion rights in the country”.

“Madam President, this bill is too extreme, even for Maryland,” said Shoemaker, a Republican, referring to House Speaker Adrienne Jones, a Democrat.

Kelly said the measure modernizes the choice state voters made in 1992, when they endorsed abortion rights in a statewide vote with 62% of voters. who supported him.

“It’s about making sure people have access to care, especially people of color, especially low-income people, especially rural people,” Kelly said. “We know restrictions on doctors exacerbate health inequities, and we’re trying to reduce health inequities in the state of Maryland with this bill.”

An exterior view of the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis on Monday, April 3, 2017.

The measure comes into force on July 1. The insurance provisions apply to all policies, contracts and health benefit plans issued, issued or renewed in the state on or after January 1.

Hogan also announced the veto of several other measures the General Assembly presented to him last week, as well as some of the bills that have been passed and will go into effect without his signature.

The legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, has until midnight Monday to override the Republican governor’s vetoes. Here’s a look at some of the bills that were vetoed and those that were quickly struck down by Democrats, as well as some that will go into effect without Hogan’s signature:

Paid family leave

Hogan vetoed a bill to create a paid family leave program in the state. Democrats, who control the legislature, passed the legislation with enough votes to override the veto. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Recreational Cannabis

Legislation that would begin implementing recreational marijuana, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

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Reform of juvenile justice

The governor vetoed a bill that would prohibit a law enforcement officer from conducting an in-custody interrogation of a child unless the child has consulted with an attorney. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

A separate measure which generally states that a child under the age of 13 will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for delinquency proceedings and cannot be charged with a crime, will come into effect without his signature.

Ghost guns

A measure to ban so-called “ghost weapons,” which don’t have serial numbers, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

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Gun Shop Security

Hogan vetoed a bill that requires gun dealers to implement security measures in stores. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Care for pregnant immigrants

A bill requiring the state’s Medicaid program to provide medical care to pregnant immigrants who would otherwise qualify for their immigration status and their babies will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

State Park Funding

A bill to increase funding for state parks will go into effect without the governor’s signature.

Withdrawal of health workers

The governor vetoed a bill that repeals a provision of the law that provides for a county health officer to serve at the pleasure of the health secretary and county officials. It creates hearing requirements related to the removal of a health worker from office. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Current salary

Hogan vetoed a bill that allows a state Department of Labor official to issue a stop work order for a job site where the official determines a contractor may have violated wage requirements in force. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.