March 15th there was 7 Pro Life bills heard in the Health and Government Operations Committee.  Click here to view http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/subjects/abortion.htm

The majority of the bills focused on regulating abortion clinics and to see that those clinics meet the same reporting and oversight requirements as other medical facilities.

 In November 2010, Dr. Leroy Carhart opened an abortion clinic that specializes in late term abortions in Gaithersburg Maryland.  The arrival of Dr. Carhart initiated an outcry of public resistance to the practice of late term abortions.  There is no doubt that he came to Maryland because of the states very lax laws and the fact that abortion clinics are not regulated in any way. He is literally getting away with murder.

 In the past year, there have been reports of simply egregious, barbaric and deadly practices of abortion providers in Maryland.  There is no doubt that women’s physical and mental health are at risk as result of the Legislatures unwillingness to regulate facilities and doctors performing abortions in Maryland.

There was also a hearing on Maryland’s Personhood Amendment that would confer the constitutional right to life from the moment of conception.  This bill has been heard for the past three years.  This year, all of the testimony on the bills was factual and irrefutable. 

Dr. Carhart’s arrival in Maryland has thrown fuel on the smoldering fire of the Pro Life community.  The barbaric nature of late term abortions opens an entirely new debate that is certain to tug at the heartstrings of Maryland’s most liberal communities.

It’s time that we fight to drive Dr. Carhart and all abortionist who harm unsuspecting pregnant minority women out of our state.  Next session there will be a new strategy that involves public intervention to bring this issue front and center in the Maryland General Assembly.

The Pro Life legislation has not been voted as of today but we will keep you posted on the progress of all Pro Life legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

Constitutionally yours,

Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.