In a stunning turn of events this past Saturday, February 23rd, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch announced withdrawal of his bill, HB 1031, which threatened to enshrine unrestricted abortion on demand in the Maryland state constitution.
Laura Bogley Knickman, Maryland Right to Life Director of Legislation
This was the most extreme abortion legislation currently under consideration in America today.
Maryland’s success in getting the bill pulled was undoubtedly aided by the public furor that developed over the recent outrageous pro-abortion statement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
Maryland Right to Life’s staff, chapter leaders, and many hundreds of dedicated volunteers played a significant role in this victory for the unborn.
Many thought Maryland was a bellwether state for abortion legislation and expected that Maryland’s fall would have given pro-abortion activists in other states new energy to pursue pro-abortion legislation in their state legislatures.
As a result, many thousands of lives, not just in Maryland but in other states as well, were saved by this reprieve.
Maryland Right to Life (MDRTL) utilized social media, letter writing and call campaigns, grassroots personal lobbying efforts throughout the state to contact key legislators. In addition, MDRTL’s new Director of Legislation, Laura Bogley Knickman, utilized innovative lobbying strategies in the General Assembly to optimize the effect of MDRTL’s army of pro-life advocates to send a powerful message:
WE WILL RESIST ABORTION ON DEMAND, FOR ANY REASON, THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY.
Maryland Right to Life still faces a threat from Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation which has been aided by the last election which provided some additional PAS support from newly elected legislators in both the House and Senate.
Maryland Right to Life was very pleased to have two freshman legislators introduce significant pro-life bills in this session. Delegate Robin Grammer of Baltimore introduced Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 975), and Delegate April Rose (Carroll County) introduced an informed consent bill, the Women’s Right to Know Act (HB 1075).
Hearings are still scheduled for several pro-life bills including Pain Capable and Women’s Right to Know on Friday, March 8th.