Yesterday I talked about the Maryland Liberty PAC and the Maryland Pro-Life Alliance sending robocalls and messages into District 36 Central Committee members about certain various votes. As I mentioned, the Maryland Pro-Life Alliance in particular hammered Delegate Steve Hershey for what they allege is his failure to sponsor the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
But what they don't talk about is 2011's Family Planning Works Act, House Bill 778. Here's the synopsis of the bill from the General Assembly website:
Altering the eligibility requirements for family planning services under the Maryland Medical Assistance Program by requiring the Program to provide those services beginning on January 1, 2012, to all women whose family income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, as permitted by federal law.To put it more bluntly, the law (which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor O'Malley) required the Program to pay for all family planning services, including abortions, for women whose income was 200% of the poverty line or lower. According to the fiscal note, the bill would increase state spending for family planning including abortions by $11.8 M from FY2012-FY2016.