Repro Rights Victories in Maryland

Posted on April 25, 2018

Just days ago, Maryland enacted reproductive rights legislation that should serve as a model for other states. HB 787/SB 629 requires correctional facilities to provide pregnant inmates access to reproductive medical care, including prenatal testing, labor and delivery, postpartum care, child placement services, counseling—and the right to a timely and safe abortion. Incoming inmates will be given a written copy of these rights, so they are aware.

This first-of-its-kind policy victory is the result of hard work by PLI partner NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and that state’s Reproductive Justice Inside coalition. In many states across the country, correctional facilities have inconsistent or improper healthcare policies that tend to deny the rights and deteriorate the health of female inmates. They need a law like this one.

Also enacted in Maryland were HB 797/SB 598, which will require correctional facilities to have a policy and procedure in place to provide menstrual hygiene products at no cost and enough in stock to meet the needs of inmates. In the summer of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced they would provide free menstrual pads and tampons for federal inmates. This only affected about ten percent of the relevant prison population since the great majority are housed in state and local facilities. Colorado, Nebraska and New York City have similar policies in place, while legislators in Arizona introduced and in Virginia passed similar bills during the 2018 legislative sessions.

Maryland already has an anti-shackling law on the books but, surprising, only 19 states address shackling of pregnant inmates and six do not ban or restrict shackling inmates in labor. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act was introduced in 2017 to address this at the federal level.

Incarcerated individuals are among the most marginalized populations and their access to reproductive health care is often limited or nonexistent. Even when there are institutional policies, many women are never informed of their rights. Abortion, access to menstrual health products, prenatal care, or shackle-free birthing are human rights that must not be denied.

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Proactive Abortion Rights Legislation, January-March 2018

Posted on March 28, 2018

This report focuses on proactive policy, that is, legislation to expand abortion rights in states and localities.  Roe v. Wade resolutions and bills California’s Senate and Assembly adopted SR 72 and HR 68, both of which acknowledge the...

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Recent abortion rights legislation in cities

Posted on February 28, 2018

This edition focuses on policies that expand reproductive rights on the local level. A lot of crucial work can be done by city councils, mayors and other local leaders that will improve women’s lives....

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New abortion-out-loud bills for 2018

Posted on January 31, 2018

This report focuses on proactive policy, that is, legislation to expand abortion rights in states and localities. We do so because proactive strategy must be a central component of our work, even in jurisdictions...

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Proactive Abortion Rights Victories in 2016 & 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017

This report focuses on proactive policy, that is, legislation to expand abortion rights in states and localities. We do so because proactive strategy must be a central component of our work, even in jurisdictions...

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Proactive abortion rights measures in 2017

Posted on August 30, 2017

This report focuses on proactive policy, that is, legislation to expand abortion rights in states and localities. We do so because proactive strategy must be a central component of our work, even in jurisdictions...

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133 proactive abortion rights bills in 33 states

Posted on June 22, 2017

So far in 2017, 133 abortion-out-loud bills have been introduced in 33 states and four localities, including the District of Columbia. Lawmakers in Michigan introduce ten abortion-out-loud bills all at once. The Michigan Progressive Women...

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So far in 2017, 118 proactive abortion rights bills in 33 states

Posted on May 10, 2017

So far, 118 proactive bills in 33 states—As of today, 118 abortion-out-loud bills have been introduced in 33 states and four localities including the District of Columbia. Since we are working with advocates who...

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So far in 2017, 111 proactive abortion rights bills in 31 states

Posted on April 13, 2017

As of today, 111 abortion-out-loud bills have been introduced in 31 states and four localities including the District of Columbia. Since we are working with advocates who haven’t yet introduced all their bills, we...

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98 proactive abortion rights bills in 28 states, so far

Posted on March 15, 2017

This Repro Rights Report covers February 14 through March 13, 2017 and focuses on proactive abortion rights legislation introduced in states and localities. So far, 98 proactive bills in 28 states—As of today, 98...

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