Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2018 


President Trump loses another round in court on immigrant “dreamers.” Also on today’s rundown: Environmentalists tell New York Gov. Cuomo to match words with action; California lawmakers wear jeans, taking a stand against sexual violence; and Airbnb is called out for “secret tax deals.”

Daily Newscasts

Report: Maryland Still has Work to do on Abortion Laws

A new report examines reproductive rights for women by state and says Maryland gives women more options for choice than much of the rest of the country. (prochoiceamerica.org)
A new report examines reproductive rights for women by state and says Maryland gives women more options for choice than much of the rest of the country. (prochoiceamerica.org)
January 19, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A new report on reproductive rights in all 50 state has been released, and even though Maryland ranks higher than many other states in terms of options for women, research by NARAL Pro-Choice America says there is still work to be done.

The report found that 67 percent of Maryland counties have no abortion clinics. It also concluded that new legislation is needed to ensure access to emergency contraception for low-income women.

NARAL's National Political Director Joel Foster said that across the country, the vast majority of people support a woman's right to choose.

"Based on the extensive research that we've done, seven in ten Americans support keeping abortion legal,” Foster said. "That's not just a majority - that's a consensus. And that consensus includes people from all parts of the country, and of all political leanings."

Maryland put into place additional protections for reproductive rights in 1991, and a subsequent effort to repeal those protections a year later failed.

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said the findings highlight the uncertain future of reproductive freedom in the United States if President-elect Donald Trump appoints Supreme Court justices who oppose Roe v. Wade. That case was decided 44 years ago this week.

"Women in this country are just living life in impossible paradoxes, all because anti-choice politicians believe that they should impose their ideology on the rest of us, and refuse to provide women the freedom and support to live our independent lives,” Hogue said.

She said there are real concerns about Trump's nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to run the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has supported many anti-choice measures, including a ban on federal health coverage of abortions.

"[There are] some anti-choice politicians who sort of go with the flow, and there are some who really feel this in their gut,” Hogue said. “And Tom Price appears to be the latter. He spent the vast majority of his time in Congress actually substituting his own ideology for the judgment of his own constituents."

The report said that 16 states and the District of Columbia enacted 30 pro-choice measures in 2016.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD