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MDRTL Legislative Information
An educated constituency is the key to changing the law!
Thank you for choosing MDRTL as your source for legislative information about life issues in Maryland. Our goal is to provide you with timely, accurate information. This page will be updated as the session progresses and as the status of bills change.
MDRTL is the only single-issue pro-life lobbying organization in Maryland. We employ a full-time Legislative Director to monitor, take action upon, and lobby on behalf of those whose lives are threatened and cannot defend themselves.
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MDRTL lobbied on the following bills, which may impact the right to life in Maryland. This page will be updated as analyses on newly introduced bills are completed, so please check back regularly to get the latest information.
For a summary of seminal pro-life votes in prior General Assembly sessions, please refer to the right under "Roll Call Votes".
2016 Maryland General Assembly Session
Key MDRTL measures and dangerous threats to the pro-life movement. Below are pieces of legislation MDRTL took a position on in the 2016 General Assembly Session.
You can download a scorecard to the left for this session and the past 10 years of General Assembly sessions.
|Bill Number||Title; lead sponsor(s)||MDRTL position||Current Status|
|SB190/HB150||Budget; Administration||Oppose taxpayer funding of elective abortion and option to fund embryonic-destructive research.||Passed.
Amendment to strip taxpayer funded abortions-on-demand in Medicaid defeated in Senate 16-27 and defeated in House 55-81.
|HB404/SB418||Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End-of-Life Options Act
Del. Pendergrass & Sen. Young
|Strongly Oppose- a legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide which threatens wanted care and allows undue pressure on patients. Click here for more information. Click here to contact your legislators!||Never brought to a vote in the House/ Withdrawn in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee!|
|HB603/SB749||Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
Del. Afzali Sens. Ready & Bates
|Strongly Support- Protects unborn children at 20 weeks postfertilization and after due to substantial evidence indicating they feel pain.||Never brought to a vote in either chamber.|
|HB644/SB691|| Vulnerable Protection Act
Del. Aumann Sen. Bates
|Support- protects communities from discrimination in access to wanted healthcare||Never brought to a vote in either chamber.|
|SB793|| DHMH- Data Collection and Use - Pregnancy Rates
|Support- Brings MD in line with 46 other states in data collection on pregnancy outcomes.||Never brought to a vote in committee.|
|SB593/HB646||Rape Survivor Family Protection Act
|Support- Removes paternity rights from fathers whose child was conceived due to their act of rape.||HB646 passed the House unanimously and was given a favorable with amendments report by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
SB593 was not brought to a vote.
|HJ7||Commencement of Life of the Human Person at Conception
|Support- Proclaims scientific reality of human life beginning at conception. This is a resolution, not a bill.||Never brought to a vote in committee.|
|HB1357||Public Health - State Funding of Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions
|Support- Limits taxpayer funding of abortion.||Never brought to a vote in House Appropriations.|
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