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Maryland National Organization for Women PAC Asks Gubernatorial Candidates Larry Hogan, Anthony Brown, and Shawn Quinn to Explain their Positions on Women’s Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Maryland National Organization for Women PAC Asks Gubernatorial Candidates Larry Hogan, Anthony Brown, and Shawn Quinn to Explain their Positions on Women’s Health

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the Maryland National Organization for Women PAC (MDNOW PAC) formally requested that Republican Larry Hogan, Democrat Anthony Brown, and Libertarian Shawn Quinn answer the following five simple questions about their position on several critical issues impacting women’s health:

1.     Will you commit to appoint a secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene that will fairly enforce Maryland’s current licensing procedures for medical professionals and facilities that provide abortion services, including speedy licensing and relicensing?

2.     Will you maintain Maryland’s current balanced regulations for Maryland abortion clinics and oppose additional burdensome, excessive regulations on these facilities?

3.     Will you commit to appoint judges and an insurance commissioner that will uphold Maryland law that ensures access to contraceptive coverage in private health plans; and protect women’s right to choose safe, legal abortion?

4.     Will you commit to (at a minimum) maintain current funding levels for programs that provide reproductive health and contraceptive services to Maryland women – including the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program?

5.     Will you oppose legislative or executive action to create a “human life amendment,” which would outlaw common forms of birth control, like the pill and IUDs, and also ban fertility treatments?

MDNOW PAC, which has not yet endorsed in Maryland’s gubernatorial general election, asked for a response from Mr. Hogan, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Quinn by the close of business on Wednesday, September 17th.

Below is a sample copy of one of our letters to the candidates:

 

September 15, 2014

 

Larry Hogan

2635 Riva Road

Suite 100

Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Delivered via electronic correspondence

 

Dear Mr. Hogan,

Across the nation, elected officials have systematically attacked women’s healthcare, rehashing Roe v. Wade in the states. Through state executive, legislative, and legal action, women have watched as their right to make their own healthcare decisions, including abortion, has been incrementally compromised.

Maryland has avoided many of the divisive battles that other states have endured in recent years. But our next governor’s appointments, legislative goals, and budget priorities could threaten our progress.

You have recently said that “all women in Maryland should have access to birth control of their choice.”[1] But you have also supported efforts to deny abortions at Prince George’s County hospitals and pass a “human life amendment.”[2] Your campaign appears to be focused on economic issues,[3] but overlooks the very real economic impact of a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion.

We write seeking clarity about the values and principles that will guide your actions as governor when it comes to women’s health and their right to choose.  Please respond to the following questions.

1)    Will you commit to appoint a secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene that will fairly enforce Maryland’s current licensing procedures for medical professionals and facilities that provide abortion services, including speedy licensing and relicensing?

2)    Will you maintain Maryland’s current balanced regulations for Maryland abortion clinics and oppose additional burdensome, excessive regulations on these facilities?

3)    Will you commit to appoint judges and an insurance commissioner that will uphold Maryland law that ensures access to contraceptive coverage in private health plans; and protect women’s right to choose safe, legal abortion?

4)    Will you commit to (at a minimum) maintain current funding levels for programs that provide reproductive health and contraceptive services to Maryland women – including the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program?

5) Will you oppose legislative or executive action to create a “human life amendment,” which would outlaw common forms of birth control, like the pill and IUDs, and also ban fertility treatments?

Considering the Governor’s crucial role in determining women’s healthcare options, Marylanders deserve to know where you stand.

We will share your responses with our members and the public.  Please respond by close of business on Wednesday, September 17.

 

Sincerely,

 

Maryland National Organization for Women PAC

 

[1] Hogan, Larry. “Hogan: Hobby Lobby case a manufactured political issue in Md. governor’s race.” Baltimore Sun, 7/8/2014.

[2] Wagner, John. “In Md. Governor’s race, Larry Hogan pushes pocketbook issues, but foes push back.” Washington Post,8/14/2014.

[3] Hogan for Governor Website, “Priorities”

 

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Contact: Sara Wilkinson, President, Maryland NOW, president@marylandnow.org, phone: (410) 347-1455

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