Maryland Will Fund Planned Parenthood Even if Congress Passes Cuts

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Planned Parenthood of Maryland staff and volunteers participating in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Baltimore.

Maryland has a new way to make up for potential cuts coming from DC. This time, the focus is on Planned Parenthood.

According to the Washington Post, a law that was enacted Thursday will keep funding for Planned Parenthood, even if Congress to decided to make cuts. Under the law, the state will reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for services in the event that federal government funding goes away.

The AP reports Maryland is the first state in the country to enact reimbursement legislation. Gov. Larry Hogan didn’t sign the bill, but he didn’t veto it either. As a result, it became law.

Specifically, it provides $2.7 million, and would cover services at nine health centers in the state. The money is prohibited from being used for abortions under federal law, the AP reports.

The national healthcare legislation that was pulled by Republicans late last month included a measure that would’ve prevented Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid cuts. A New York Times report said a similar proposal may surface again later this month as part of a bill to fund government operations.

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