Maryland pledges to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics in event of federal defunding

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In a bid to safeguard women’s health care in the state, Maryland legislators have passed a bill that would reimburse the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics for services should congress vote to eliminate the group’s federal funding. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan did not sign the bill, but also chose not to veto it — on Thursday, the measure became law without his signature.

“Today, Maryland makes history … unfortunately without the support of the governor,” said Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), the sponsor of the bill. “While I wish our state didn’t need to fight the attacks on comprehensive health care by Congress, we are proud to stand up and protect access in Maryland.”

The bill was one of 15 that passed on Thursday without the governor’s signature, including a measure to fund a lawsuit of the Trump administration over its policies regarding health care, immigration, and the environment. In another victory for progressives, it was also reported that a bill that would have allowed judges to require bail for poor defendants would not go to a vote. With the bill’s failure, a Court of Appeals ruling that judges use the “least onerous” conditions when determining bail for defendants not considered a danger or flight risk was allowed to remain in place.

After the bills were sent to Gov. Hogan last week, he had until Wednesday to sign or veto the bills before they passed without his signature. A representative for the governor chose not to comment on the bills’ passage.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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