Maryland pro-lifers are preparing to combat a financially costly move to make abortion permanently available.
When the Maryland General Assembly convenes January 9th, Democrats plan to introduce the Busch Amendment, named after speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch, in both houses to enshrine abortion in the state Constitution. Ernest Olhoff of Maryland Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it would leave the door wide open for terminating unborn children.
"It would prevent us from stopping state funding of abortion. It would prevent us from having parental notice for consent for minors to have an abortion. It would prevent us from stopping late-term abortions, dismemberment abortions, pain-capable abortions, [and] abortions for sex selection," the pro-lifer explains.
The measure is an attempt to permanently shut down the opposition. And at this point, it would be fairly safe to say that it has a good chance of passing and being signed by Governor Larry Hogan (R).
Olhoff says Maryland Right to Life is a people rich organization, "but we don't have the $8- or 10 million budgets that Planned Parenthood and other groups can put into this state to convince a large number of people in the state." He predicts that "this will turn out to be a media race, and they'll buy media, and they'll have support from the more liberal media."
If the referendum passes both houses and is signed by the governor in 2019, the issue will go to a ballot in 2020 for Maryland voters to decide.