Maryland has expanded who can perform abortions by overriding a veto of a bill signed by Governor Larry Hogan, (R). In an open letter, Hogan wrote, "House bill 937 endangers the health and lives of women by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. The bill risks lowering the high standard of reproductive health care services received by women in Maryland. These procedures are complex, and can, and often do, result in significant medical complications that require the attention of a licensed physician.
But the Democrats in Maryland voted 90-46 on Saturday to reverse the governor's decision, while state Senate members voted 29-15. Making it easier to access abortion even if it is not performed by a physician.
The purpose of the program is to "expand the number of health care professionals with abortion care training and increase the racial and ethnic diversity among health care professionals with abortion care training," the bill says.
Maryland is the first state to guarantee payments to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions. It becomes the 15th state to allow non-physicians to perform abortions.