Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a measure to expand access to abortion in Maryland was overridden on Saturday by the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.
The state will end a restriction that only physicians can provide abortions. The new law will enable nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide them with training. It creates an abortion care training program and requires $3.5 million in state funding annually. It also requires most insurance plans to cover abortions without cost.
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Hogan wrote in his veto letter that the legislation "endangers the health and lives of women by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.”
The measure comes at a time when the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that banned states from outlawing abortion.
If they do, at least 26 states are likely to either ban abortion outright or severely limit access, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization that supports abortion rights.
Abortion isn't one of my driving issues, but free abortions (well, not free, I get to pay for them), allowing less trained and educated abortionists, as well as paying to train more abortionists seems excessive. But then, maybe we can make industry out it, bussing in women from states where abortion is strictly limited for abortions.