Maryland becomes first state to mitigate any Planned Parenthood cuts

Maryland becomes first state to mitigate any Planned Parenthood cuts
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Maryland on Thursday became the first state to enact a law that will reimburse Planned Parenthood for its services if there are any federal cuts to the organization.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) decided not to veto the measure, which was one of 15 bills that became law at midnight without the governor's signature.

The measure, which allocates nearly $3 million to help pay for Planned Parenthood services, was one of the 27 bills the state’s General Assembly sent to him last week.

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The bill would use $2 million from Maryland’s Medicaid budget and $700,000 from the state’s general fund to pay for family planning organization’s services should it lose access to federal funds, according to The Associated Press.

A spokeswoman for the governor did not comment on why the governor chose not to act on the bill, according to The Washington Post.

The law will take effect on July 1.

Karen J. Nelson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, lauded the "support of our legislature" but urged supporters to continue to "keep up the fight for women." 

"As Marylanders, we must remember that a state solution does not change the fact that politicians in Congress are trying to prohibit millions of people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood," Nelson said in a statement Thursday. "It’s incumbent on all of us to keep up the fight for women. No state should have to step in to fulfill the federal government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has access to care.”