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The 2021 Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday, April 12th, at midnight.
See our 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up PowerPoint here!

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland saw several significant victories for reproductive freedom during the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 legislative sessions, and successfully fought back anti-choice bills that would restrict the right to choose in Maryland. Emboldened by the Trump/Pence Administration, there was a spike in the number of anti-choice legislation introduced in 2019 with 16 anti-choice bills which were all successfully defeated. In 2020,  11 anti-choice bills were introduced, with 4 House floor amendments filed to change the 2121 state budget bill to prevent Medicaid recipients from receiving abortion care.

The state legislature remains majority pro-choice, and we hope to deepen our coalition work across the state to pass more true pro-active measures in future sessions that reflect the importance of reproductive health, rights, and justice.  With the election of an increasing number of young, diverse, progressive legislators, including 72 female members of the Maryland General Assembly, we will continue to advance reproductive freedom, instead of maintaining the status quo.

The Maryland General Assembly website has many great resources if you are interested in following up on its work during each 90-day session. You can look up legislation and track its progress here, as well as view its fiscal and policy report prepared by the state’s legislative services.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland are members of several coalitions and alliances in which certain issues legislators seek to address cross into the realm of reproductive health, right, and justice.  These include, and are not limited to, Reproductive Justice Inside, Reproductive and Educational Equity for Maryland Youth, Menstrual Equity Alliance for Maryland Students, Maryland Prisoner’s Rights Coalition, the Everyone Votes Maryland, Coalition to Reform School Discipline, Youth Equality Alliance, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, Maryland Youth Justice Coalition, Decriminalize Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Time to Care, Marylanders for Patient Rights, Health Care for All, Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland, Save Maryland Transit, Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, and more.

Much of our work is done in coalition, with a focus on supporting direct service providers with advocacy and policy support. We work in coalitions that are guided by the belief that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, ability, age, and immigration status, are deserving of comprehensive, affordable, and dignified reproductive healthcare; economic security; quality education; and safe working and living conditions; as well as public health and policy practices which improve their quality of life. Depending on the type of work and wishes of the campaign leaders, sometimes our affiliate plays a behind-the-scenes role, while other times we are vocal leaders of advocacy campaign. Regardless, we are always mindful that our allyship is not co-opting the work of those already providing services or community-based programming. We state this in recognition that institutionalized racism, including in the nonprofit realm, has resulted in the physical, psychological and emotional violence and neglect of people of color and undocumented individuals.

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2021 Bills

When bills that we’re tracking are listed, they will be formatted as so: BILL NUMBER (link to General Assembly bill information) – FULL TITLE – OUR STANCE (if testimony is submitted, a link to our document will be in blue)

ABORTION/PERSONHOOD

*HB0834 – Public Health – Federal and State Funding for Abortions – Prohibition and Exceptions – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE *SB0423 In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB0846 – Public Health – Abortions – Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome (Down Syndrome Dignity Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0997 – Equal Protection for Unborn Human Life Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. – OPPOSE

*HB1109 – Health – Abortion – Ultrasound and Waiting Period – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB1112 -Public Health – Maternal and Child Mortality – Review and Perinatal Hospice Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE *SB0891 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB1198 – Public Health – Abortion – Drug-Induced Abortions – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSEpg1 OPPOSEpg2

PREGNANCY RIGHTS/ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-45)  Awaiting a vote in JPR SUPPORT *SB0098In the Senate – Favorable Report with Amendments by Judicial Proceedings Committee  SUPPORT

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-0) In the Senate – Third Reading  Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0236 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0290 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)  – RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0455In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-2) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-12)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0438In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (119-15) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB1020 – Election Law – Curbside Voting – Establishment – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

YOUTH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/RIGHTS

*HB0034 – State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards – Telehealth – In the House –  Third Reading Passed (128-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-14) RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT *SB0278  – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-14) In the House – Third Reading Passed (117-15) RETURNED PASSED –  SUPPORT

*HB0132 – Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-44) In the Senate – Second Reading Passed  SUPPORT *SB0041In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-16) In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-43) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-45) Awaiting a vote in JPR SUPPORT *SB0098 – In the Senate – Favorable Report with Amendments by Judicial Proceedings Committee  SUPPORT

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-43) In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed with Amendments (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0427 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House –  Third Reading Passed with Amendments  (102-33) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT visit here to see the final changes MD NARAL priority bill.

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports – In the House – Third Reading Passed (123-12) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT  *SB0438In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – In the House – Third Reading Passed (119-15) RETURNED PASSED   SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-1) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0546 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-1) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0771 – Public Schools – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys – Revisions – In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0548 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-31) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT 

*HB1056 – Nonpublic Schools – Adequate Health Services – Eligibility for Reimbursement – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0827 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

MATERNAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – In the House – Third Reading Passed (99-36) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (37-10) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0005In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (40-6) In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-37) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0108 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications – In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (40-6) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0286 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (137-1) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT    MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0758 – Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act – In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0684 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (135-1) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0925 – Workgroup on Medical Cannabis Use by Pregnant and Nursing Women – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. MONITOR

*HB1202 – Hospitals and Birth Centers – COVID-19 Visitation Policies – Doulas – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1349 – Public Health – Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-4) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-2) SUPPORT *SB0777 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (39-6) In the House – Third Reading Passed (111-22) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*SB0163 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Doula Pilot Project In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) Awaiting action in HGO SUPPORT as amended

*SB0923 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Eligibility and Disenrollment – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-1) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

PARENTING WITH DIGINITY/RIGHTS

*HB0018 – Landlord and Tenant – Eviction Action – Right to Counsel – In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-42) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30-15) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT  *SB0154 – In the SenateThird Reading Passed (31-15)  SUPPORT

*HB0189 – Mobile Laundry for the Homeless Pilot Program – In the House – Third Reading Passed (112-17) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0321 – Public Buildings – Changing Facilities – Requirements – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT  *SB0061In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (111-27) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0375 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0211 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0549 – Maryland Department of Health – Birth Registration – Gestational Carriers – In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT *SB0215In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0711 – Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0) In the Senate -Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0622In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0944 – Growing Family Child Care Opportunities Pilot Program – Established – In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-4) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)  PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0711 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-5) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB1203 – Certificates of Birth and Marriage Certificates – Issuance of New Certificates – Sex Designation – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/2 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1312 – COVID-19 Eviction and Housing Relief Act of 2021 – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-43) In the Senate – Second Reading Passed SUPPORT *SB0910 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

PATIENT RIGHTS & PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS

*HB0028 – Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities – In the House – Third Reading Passed (99-36) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (37-10) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0005 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (40-6) In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-37) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0078 – Public Health – Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-39) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-12) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0052 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-34) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0107 – Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines – Repeal – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-39) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (41-6) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0499 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (38-8)  In the House -Third Reading Passed (97-36) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0108 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications – In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0286In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (137-1) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0114 – Maryland Transit Administration – Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-35) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (36-11) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT  *SB0199 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (38-9) In the House – Third Reading Passed (104-34) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT 

*HB0123 – Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 – In the House – Third Reading Passed (135-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT *SB0003In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House -Third Reading Passed (132-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0132 – Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) – In the House  -Third Reading Passed (92-44) In the Senate – Second Reading Passed SUPPORT *SB0041 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (31-16) In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-43) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0135 – Pharmacists – Administration of Self-Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications – In the House – Third Reading Passed (121-6) In the Senate – Third Readings Passed with Amendments (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0084In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (131-6) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT

*HB0309 – Public Health – Data – Race and Ethnicity Information – In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-6) In the Senate – Third Readings Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSSED  SUPPORT  *SB0565In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (129-6) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0393 – Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Health – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0012 –  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0396 – Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0279 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0429 – Pharmacists – Required Notification and Authorized Substitution – Lower-Cost Drug or Device Product – In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (44-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0537In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (137-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0463 – Maryland Health Equity Resource Act – In the House – Third Reading Passed (127-3) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT  *SB0172 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-40) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0548 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training –  In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed  (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0299 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0535 – Maryland Sign Language Interpreter Act – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0431 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0551 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance – Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0393 – In the Senate  Finance Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0731 – Telehealth Services – Expansion – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0567 – In the Senate Finance Committee  – Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0757 – Local Health Departments and Community Action Agencies – Feminine Hygiene Products – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. – SUPPORT

*HB0771 – Public Schools – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys – Revisions – In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0548 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-31) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0812 – Maryland Department of Health – 2-1-1 Maryland – Mental Health Services Phone Call Program – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED –  SUPPORT *SB0719 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0999 – Adoption – Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing cancelled SUPPORT *SB0331 In the Senate – Second Reading Failed   SUPPORT

*HB1118 – Health Care Facilities – Discrimination – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB1375 – Health Information Exchanges – Electronic Health Information – Sharing and Disclosure – In the House – Third Reading Passed with (131-1)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0)  RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORTpg1 SUPPORTpg2

EDUCATION RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0001 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Funding – In the House – Third Reading Passed (115-14) Approved by the Governor – Ch 41  SUPPORT *SB0001In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) Approved by the Governor – Ch 42 – SUPPORT

*HB0027 – Education – Reporting Arrests of Students – Alterations – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0071 – Juvenile Services Education Board and Program – Establishment, Powers, and Duties – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-3) In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings – SUPPORT *SB0497In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-12) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-45) Awaiting action in JPR SUPPORT *SB0098 – In the Senate – Favorable Report with Amendments by Judicial Proceedings Committee SUPPORT

*HB0171 – State Department of Education – School Discipline – Data Collection – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) In the Senate – Special Order until next session SUPPORT

*HB0205 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement  – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-43) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED   SUPPORT  *SB0427In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House –  Third Reading Passed with Amendments  (102-33) PASSED ENROLLED   SUPPORT  visit here to see the final changes in the bill MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0216 – Higher Education – Tuition Exemption for Foster Care Recipients and Homeless Youth – Alterations and Reports – In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURN PASSED SUPPORT *SB0155In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-1) In the House – Third Reading Passed (138-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0359 – Maryland Longitudinal Data System – Student Data – Pregnant and Parenting Students – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  1/27 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0437 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m.- SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0377 – Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment –  In the House – Third Reading Passed (96-34) SUPPORT

*HB0400 – Public Schools – Enrollment Location – Continuity – In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0)  SUPPORT

*HB0401 – County Boards of Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports –  In the House – Third Reading Passed (123-12) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT  *SB0438 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (119-15) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0439 – Institute for Innovation and Implementation – Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students – Data Collection and Report – House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing  2/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0470 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0461 – Public Schools – Student Attendance – Excused Absences for Mental Health Needs – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-1) Awaiting action in EHEA – SUPPORT

*HB0496 – Primary and Secondary Education – Mental Health Services – Expansion (Counselors Not Cops Act) – In the House Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0522 – Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Prohibited Conduct – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-40) Awaiting action in EHEA – SUPPORT

*HB0629 – County Boards of Education – Student Member – Voting  – In the House – Unfavorable Report by Ways & Means Committee – Hearing 2/5 at 1:30 p.m. OPPOSE

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-1) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0546In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-1) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0700– Education – Crime on School Grounds – Exemptions – In the House – Third Reading Passed (91-42) Awaiting action in EHEA SUPPORT

*HB0753 – Education – Student-Organized Peaceful Demonstrations – Student Discipline and Policy – In the House – Third Reading Passed (96-40)  SUPPORT

*HB0771 – Public Schools – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys – Revisions – In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0548 –  In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-31) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0914 – Education – Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students – Report – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1089 – Primary and Secondary Education – Expansion of Mental Health Services and Prohibition of School Resource Officers (Police–Free Schools Act) – In the House Ways and Means Committee – Hearing 3/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1372 – Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Revisions – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-36) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (93-40) Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 55 SUPPORT *SB0965 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/15 at 3:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*SB0630 – Education – Adult High School Pilot Program – Funding and Grants – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (128-9) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

SEXUAL VIOLENCE & OPPRESSION/SURVIVOR RIGHTS

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-4) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-12) RETURNED PASSED – SUPPORT *SB0581 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (34-13) In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-10)  RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0128 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Protected Groups and Penalties – In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-14)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT  *SB0220In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (124-13) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0147 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love Is No Defense to Sexual Crimes) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-4)   SUPPORT *SB0250 – Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Fourth Degree Sexual Offense and Spousal Defense In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (115-18) Conference Committee Appointed  SUPPORT

*HB0193 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Crime – Private Room – In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0) In the Senate – RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0484In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0194 – Criminal Procedure – Police Officers and Public Defenders – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0223 – Criminal Law – Person in a Position of Authority – Sexual Offenses With a Minor – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0270 – Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior – Required Meeting – In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)  Awaiting action in JPR SUPPORT *SB0555 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0338 – Business Regulation – Innkeepers – Records and Human Trafficking Awareness Training – House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 1/19 at 1:30 p.m. -SUPPORT *SB0876 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0411 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-36)   SUPPORT *SB0043 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-39)  PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0413 – Judges – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 2:30 p.m.  SUPPORT

*HB0452 – Hate Crimes – Civil Remedy –  In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0128 –  Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee –  Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0548 – Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training – In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-0) – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT *SB0299In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0881 – Mental Health Facilities – Sexual Abuse and Harassment – Reporting and Prevention – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT *SB0815 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (139-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS 

*HB0039 – Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement – House Judiciary Committee – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-4)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (35-12) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0581 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-10) RETURNED PASSED (125-10) SUPPORT

*HB0128 – Criminal Law – Hate Crimes – Protected Groups and Penalties – In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-14) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0220In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (124-13) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0130 – Commission on LGBTQ Affairs – Established – In the House – Third Reading Passed (102-27) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (38-8) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0155 – County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools – Discrimination – Prohibition – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-35)  SUPPORT *SB0098 – In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by JPR  SUPPORT

*HB0231 – Crimes – Mitigation – Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation – In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0046 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0650 – Minority Business Enterprises – Sexual and Gender Minorities (Imari’s Business Pride Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0765 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1056 – Nonpublic Schools – Adequate Health Services – Eligibility for Reimbursement – In the House Appropriations Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0827 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1088 – Nondiscrimination and LGBTQ+ Individuals – In the House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 3/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0768 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1118 – Health Care Facilities – Discrimination – In the House Health and Government Operations – Hearing 3/9 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0768 – Nondiscrimination and LGBTQ+ Individuals – In the Senate – Hearing 3/9 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY

*HB0056 – Labor and Employment – Leave With Pay – Bereavement Leave – In the House – Third Reading Passed(95-37) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0473In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-37) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0257 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting – In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-0) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0236 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (133-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0290 – Employment Discrimination – Time for Filing Complaints – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0455In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-2) In the House – Third Reading Passed (136-2) RETURNED PASSEDSUPPORT

*HB0375 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) – In the House Economic Matters Committee – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0211 – Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0581 – Labor and Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-39) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (32-14) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0486 – In the Senate Finance Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0650 – Minority Business Enterprises – Sexual and Gender Minorities (Imari’s Business Pride Act) – In the House Health and Government Operations Committee – Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0765 – In the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*SB0834 – Harassment and Sexual Harassment – Definitions – Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Favorable Report by Economic MattersSUPPORT

IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

*HB0015 – Governor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-31) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30- 14) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT  *SB0085 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (32-13)  In the House – Third Reading Passed (100-34) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT

*HB0016 – Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (86-44) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30-17) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0478 In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings  SUPPORT

*HB0023 – Personal Information – State and Local Agencies – Restrictions on Access – In the House – Third Reading Passed (84-47) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (32-14) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0234 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-14) SUPPORT

*HB0304 – State and Local Government – Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/3 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0088 – Senate Judicial Proceedings – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0750 – Office of the Attorney General – Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0317 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS

*HB0021 – Environment – Recycling – Prohibition on the Chemical Conversion of Plastic – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/29 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0022 – Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements – In the House Health and Operations Committee Government – Hearing 2/02 at 3:45 p.m. SUPPORT  SB0195 – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. SUPPORT

*HB0033 – Climate Crisis and Education Act – In the House – Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters Committee –  SUPPORT *SB0076 – In the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee – Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0051 – Zoning – Environmental Justice Considerations – House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0121In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (44-1)  SUPPORT

*HB0076 -Water Pollution Control – Intervention in Civil Actions – Rights and Authority – In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-40)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (44-3) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT  *SB0334 In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (37-10) In the House – Third Reading Passed (96-41) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT

*HB0082 Constitutional Amendment – Environmental Rights – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  *SB0151 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0114 – Maryland Transit Administration – Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act) In the House – Third Reading Passed (101-35)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (36-11) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT  *SB0199 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (38-9) In the House – Third Reading Passed (104-34) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT 

*HB0204 – Environment and Natural Resources – Complaints, Inspections, and Enforcement – Information Maintenance and Reporting – In the House –  Third Reading Passed (96-40) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (42-5) – PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT *SB0324In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (37-9) In the House –  Third Reading Passed (97-40) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT

*HB0503 – Environment – Office on Climate Change – Establishment –  In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0518 – In the Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee – Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0583 – Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 – In the House Environment & Transportation Committee – Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m.  SUPPORT *SB0414 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (34-11) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (95-41) Conference Committee Appointed   SUPPORT

*HB0636 – School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (132-1) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED SUPPORT *SB0546 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (129-1) RETURNED PASSED   SUPPORT

*HB0643 – Public Health – Cosmetic Products – Ingredient Prohibition – In the House –  Third Reading Passed (99-35) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) RETURNED PASSED  SUPPORT 

*HB1069 – Water Supply – Private Well Safety Program – In the House – Third Reading Passed (91-44) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (37-10) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB1207 – Environment – Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities – Reform – In the House – Third Reading Passed (122-13) In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (46-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0674 – In the Senate –  Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (105-32) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

*SB0071 – Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 – Body-Worn Cameras, Employee Programs, and Use of Force – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (92-38) VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR Overridden by Senate 4/10/21 Overridden by House 4/10/21 SUPPORT

*SB0178 – Public Information Act – Personnel Records – Investigations of Law Enforcement Officers (Anton’s Law) – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (30-17) In the House – Third Reading Passed (88-46) VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR Overridden by House 4/10/21 Overridden by Senate 4/10/21 SUPPORT

*SB0627 – Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights – Repeal and Procedures for Discipline – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (33-14) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (93-42)  Retitled and amended as Police Reform and Accountability – Forfeiture of Retirement Benefits 04/09/21

*HB0194 – Criminal Procedure – Police Officers and Public Defenders – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT 

*HB0315 – Juvenile Law – Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act – In the House – Third Reading Passed (90-41) SUPPORT

*HB0372 – Criminal Law – Drug Paraphernalia for Administration – Decriminalization – In the House – Third Reading Passed (91-39) PASSED ENROLLED – SUPPORT *SB0420 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (32-15) In the House – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (95-38) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT

*HB0409 – Juveniles Convicted as Adults – Sentencing – Limitations and Reduction (Juvenile Restoration Act) – In the House – Third Reading Passed (86-47) SUPPORT *SB0494 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (32-15) In the House – Third Reading Passed (88-48) – VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR Overridden by House 4/10/21 Overridden by Senate 4/10/21 SUPPORT

*HB0411 – Criminal Law – Law Enforcement Officers – Prohibition on Sexual Activity – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-36)  SUPPORT *SB0043 – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-39)  PASSED ENROLLED   SUPPORT

*HB0413 – Judges – Implicit Bias – Testing, Training, and Evaluation – In the House Judiciary  Committee –  Hearing 1/27 at 2;30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0522 – Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Prohibited Conduct – In the House – Third Reading Passed (93-40) – MONITOR

*HB0640 – Criminal Law – Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order – Repeal – In the House Judiciary Committee –  Hearing 2/12 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB0670 – Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021 – In the House – Third Reading Passed (97-39) – In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (32-15)  VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR – Overridden by House 4/9/21 Overridden by Senate 4/10/21 SUPPORT

*HB1121 – Juvenile Services – Workgroup to Develop Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Culturally Competent Practices – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) – IN the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED SUPPORT *SB0905 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 12:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1187 – Juvenile Law – Juvenile Justice Reform – In the House – Third Reading Passed (95-41) Awaiting action in JPR SUPPORT *SB0853In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) SUPPORT  Retitled as Juvenile Law – Juvenile Justice Reform Council Extension and Grant Funding

CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT/REENTRY

*HB0071 – Juvenile Services Education Board and Program – Establishment, Powers, and Duties – In the House – Third Reading Passed (131-3) In the Senate – Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings – SUPPORT *SB0497In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (45-0) In the House – Third Reading Passed (125-12) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT

*HB0235 – Correctional Services – Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals – Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT  MD NARAL priority bill

*HB0316 – Conditions of Pretrial Release – Home Detention Monitoring – In the House – Third Reading Passed (94-40)  In the Senate – Third Reading Passed with Amendments (47-0) PASSED ENROLLED  SUPPORT *SB0023 In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0) SUPPORT

*HB0560 – Human Relations – Discrimination in Housing – Reentry-Into-Society Status – In the House – Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation SUPPORT

*HB0698 – Maryland Model Prisons Study Workgroup – In the House Judiciary Committee – Withdrawn by sponsor

*HB0851 – Corrections – Restrictive Housing – Serious Mental Illness – In the House – Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1121 – Juvenile Services – Workgroup to Develop Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Culturally Competent Practices – In the House – Third Reading Passed (130-6) SUPPORT *SB0905 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/03 at 12:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1233 – Correctional Services – Inmates – Intake and Release Requirements (Reentry Success Act of 2021) – In the House – Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT

*HB1188 – Office of the Attorney General – Correctional Ombudsman – In the House Judiciary Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. SUPPORT *SB0809 – In the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. SUPPORT

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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is an advocate for reproductive health, rights, and justice.  We work to ensure every individual has the freedom to decide if, when, and how to form one’s family. We honor pregnancy in all its complexity, and believe that each individual has the power to make personal decisions about one’s own life, body, and future. Abortion care will always be essential healthcare – but it is not the sole definition of reproductive freedom.  There should be no barrier to accessing all the sexual and reproductive healthcare necessary to protect one’s fertility, plan a pregnancy, experience a healthy pregnancy, give birth, recover from a miscarriage or stillbirth, access abortion care, or conceive using reproductive technology. Reproductive freedom also calls for the social, economic, and political conditions which allow parenting with dignity, in good health, and in safety.  Access to quality and affordable support services that are vital to healthy parenting influences decision-making about how large to grow one’s family through childbearing, or opening one’s home to foster care or adoption.

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