Maryland Democrats push Hogan to unlock abortion funding sooner than expected

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Maryland Democrats want Gov. Larry Hogan to release funds to help train new abortion providers in the state.

Maryland Democrats want Gov. Larry Hogan to release funds to help train new abortion providers in the state.

Montgomery County Del. Ariana Kelly and more than 85 other state lawmakers sent a letter to the governor on Friday urging him to release $3.5 million for training nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants.

The push to release funds follows a recent leak suggesting the Supreme Court may soon overrule Roe V.Wadedeferring the question of whether abortion should be legal to the various states.

In the letter, lawmakers said more providers are needed for women likely to travel to the state for abortions.

“Maryland has a responsibility to ensure access to abortion care for people who seek this basic health care service in our state. If we don’t meet the challenge, women will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term or to seek abortion care outside of the health system,” the letter said.

“In a few months or even weeks, we may be one of the few safe states within reach for women as far away as Ohio.”

“The Abortion Care Access Act” was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during this year’s session. This bill expanded the type of health care providers who would be allowed to perform the procedure. Hogan eventually vetoed the bill, saying it would endanger women’s lives by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions.

This veto was quickly overridden by Maryland’s Democratic supermajority in the state legislature. The new law takes effect July 1, but funding is not required until next year. Hogan, however, has the authority to release funds earlier for the upcoming fiscal year, which also begins July 1.

Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Peter Franchot also called on Governor Hogan to release funding sooner.

The Hogan administration has said several times media that the governor will not infringe on anyone’s right to an abortion, but he believes that abortions should only be performed by doctors.

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