Maryland House speaker pushes to protect abortion access in state constitution

Maryland House speaker pushes to protect abortion access in state constitution
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Maryland state Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch will push to have abortion rights enshrined in the state's constitution, according to the Washington Post.

Busch told the Post he will personally introduce and get support for legislation asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment that says women have a right to an abortion. 

“If [voters] decide that this becomes part of the constitution, a woman’s right to choose will never be debated, it will never be a bargaining chip” in the legislative process, Busch said, according to the Post. 

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If successful, the question would be on the 2020 ballot. 

Several states have been looking at what can be done to protect abortion access in anticipation of a more conservative Supreme Court potentially repealing Roe v. Wade.

Democrats have cast Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as an anti-abortion ideologue who would vote to overturn the decision if given the chance. 

Kavanaugh has never commented publicly on whether he thinks Roe v. Wade was correctly decided, nor are his personal views on abortion clear. 

But Democrats point to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE's campaign promise to only nominate justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Massachusetts' Gov. Charlie Baker (R) last week signed a bill repealing an archaic and unenforced ban on abortion. 

On the other side of the debate, some red states, including Alabama and West Virginia, will have initiatives on the ballot this year against abortion.