State is first to mit­i­gate any Planned Par­ent­hood cuts

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land has be­come the first state to en­act leg­is­la­tion to mit­i­gate any fed­eral cuts to Planned Par­ent­hood.

The mea­sure was en­acted Thurs­day af­ter Gov. Larry Ho­gan de­cided not to veto the bill.

Like 14 other bills, it went into ef­fect af­ter a mid­night dead­line with­out the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor’s sig­na­ture. The Demo­crat-led leg­is­la­ture passed the bill with enough votes to over­ride a veto.

Sup­port­ers say it will help pro­tect ac­cess to pre­ven­ta­tive care ser­vices for nearly 25,000 Planned Par­ent­hood pa­tients at nine health cen­ters in the state, if the fed­eral gov­ern­ments cuts fund­ing.

The mea­sure, which takes ef­fect July 1, would di­rect $2 mil­lion from Mary­land’s Med­i­caid bud­get and $700,000 for the state’s gen­eral fund to fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices.

Law­mak­ers in Ne­vada and Ore­gon have taken up sim­i­lar bills.

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