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Maryland's strong, pro-choice laws with few restrictions on reproductive rights earned a "B+" in NARAL Pro-Choice America's rating of states' laws.

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Question 6

Many Marylanders will remember Question 6, when 62% of voters in a statewide referendum affirmed a woman’s legal right to choice. The passage of question 6 codified Roe v. Wade in Maryland, making abortion legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade. Maryland is one of seven states that explicitly protects reproductive choice in state law.


The battle began in the General Assembly, where pro-choice legislators introduced a bill that would codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law and overturn the state's restrictive 1968 abortion law. This would have protected Maryland women if Roe were ever overturned at the federal level. Unfortunately, the bill suffered a nine day filibuster in the 1990 Maryland Senate. In the following election, NARAL Pro-Choice MD worked exceptionally hard to ensure more pro-choice legislators were elected. In the 1991 session of the General Assembly, SB 162 passed the Senate (29-18) and the House of Delegates (84-52). Governor Schaefer signed the bill into law on February 18th.


Anti-choice activists gathered enough petition signatures to force the measure onto the ballot, and in 1992, it appeared on the ballot as Question 6. A vote for Question 6 upheld the law, and NPCM was part of broad coalition of pro-choice and other groups called Maryland For Choice (MFC) that fought to pass Question 6.

On November 3rd, 1992, Maryland voters went to the ballot box and voted for Questions 6 by a wide margin, with more than 60% of voters in favor of enacting the pro-choice law. On it's 20th anniversary, we celebrated the achievement of the Maryland for Choice campaign, and all the coalition partners, staff, volunteers, donors, and voters who worked to keep Maryland a pro-choice state.

Were you a part of the Question 6 campaign? We'd love to hear your story! Email us at info@prochoicemd.org.

 
 
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