VOTE AGAINST AMENDING THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION IN NOVEMBER 2024
1991 Maryland Freedom of Choice Act
Abortion is permitted through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. There are over 40 abortion facilities in Maryland, including clinics and hospital. There are 2 third-term abortion centers in Maryland, one in Bethesda and one in College Park. With or without an amendment to the Maryland Constitution, this will not change.
2021 Mental Health Access Initiative
The age to seek mental healthcare without parental consent or knowledge was lowered to 12 years old. Reproductive matters including pregnancy and gender issues fall under mental health.
2022 Abortion Care Access Act
Physicians are no longer required for providing abortions, chemical or surgical. All abortions are paid for by Marylanders.
2023 Trans Health Equity Act
There must be “nondiscrimination” to provide all drugs and surgeries for “gender-affirming” care, including puberty blockers. Adults do not require puberty blockers so this signals the inclusion of minors. Medicaid must pay for all drugs and surgeries. Amendments to provide minimum age and parental consent requirements were voted down.
2023 Declaration of Rights – Right to Reproductive Freedom
In November 2024, Maryland voters will be asked to vote FOR or AGAINST amending the Maryland Constitution to include abortion and other nonspecific reproductive matters as constitutional rights. The wording, according to the passed bill (HB705), will be similar to the following:
“The proposed amendment confirms an individual’s fundamental right to an individual’s own reproductive liberty and provides the State may not, directly or indirectly, deny, burden, or abridge the right unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”
DECEPTION: The ballot wording is not required to match the language of the amendment.