Since 1992, Maryland law has:
- Permitted abortion on demand, even late in pregnancy;
- Protected abortionists from legal action;
- Allowed abortionists to perform abortions on minors without notifying a parent; and
- Left health care workers who refuse to make abortion referrals as a matter of conscience vulnerable to civil liability and disciplinary action.
Maryland’s abortion law is recognized as one of the most permissive in the country by NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League. In its evaluation of state abortion laws, NARAL gives Maryland a grade of “A,” and ranks it 5th in the nation for “reproductive rights”.
This story shows just how safe abortions can be, even in the most permissive of places.
BALTIMORE — Maryland health officials have ordered two doctors to stop performing abortions after a woman was critically injured during a procedure last month.
The state Board of Physicians ordered Dr. Steven Brigham to stop practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and suspended the license of Dr. Nicola Riley. Police raided one of Brigham’s offices in Elkton looking for medical records, and found dozens of late-term fetuses in a freezer at a clinic.
Riley and Brigham brought an injured 18-year-old woman in a personal vehicle to Union Hospital in Elkton after a failed abortion Aug. 13, according to the board’s orders. The woman was then taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she was found to have a uterine perforation.
Brigham is licensed in New Jersey, but not Maryland. Riley has a license in Maryland, but “poses a threat to her patients’ safety and well-being and thereby represents a danger to the public,” according to the board’s order.