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We’re hosting virtual Community Meetings!

Thanks for your interest in attending our virtual Community Meetings! The meetings were held on Wednesday, July 5 and Monday, July 10.

If you couldn’t make it, you can check out the slides from the meeting below. You can also fill out our survey to share what you’d like to see us work on as we rebrand and scale up.

If you’re thinking about getting involved with Pro-Choice Maryland but want to learn more about our work and vision first, we welcome you to attend a Community Meeting!

Community Meetings are virtual via Zoom.

We’ll share more about our vision, accept input on what issues you’d like to see us take on, and answer questions about serving on the Board, volunteering, or supporting our work!

Wednesday, July 5, 7-8 pm

Monday, July 10, 7-8 pm

To ensure the safety of meeting attendees, we’re screening registrants before sending confirmation emails. Once we’ve verified you’re not spamming or trolling us, we’ll send an email with the links to join the meeting!

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2023 Board Applications are Open!

We’re rebuilding Pro-Choice Maryland.

Here’s what you should know about our organization, reproductive freedom, and reproductive justice if you’d like to join us in this process.

Where We Started

Founded in 1981, Pro-Choice Maryland (PCM) was originally named “NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland” and was the Maryland affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The national NARAL institution is one of the nation’s oldest reproductive rights organizations and has led national efforts on abortion rights, birth control, paid leave, and other “reproductive freedom” issues.

NARAL Pro-Choice America disaffiliated from its state chapters, including this one, in 2021. This is why we’re now just called “Pro-Choice Maryland.”

Our Vision

We’re currently called “Pro-Choice Maryland,” but it’s not enough to just be “pro-choice.” We are pro-abortion — because accessible abortion care is good for our selves, our families, and our futures. Abortion care helps people. Abortion is good.

Abortion access has always been part of our mission, and it always will be. So will contraceptive access, paid leave, birth justice, incarcerated people’s rights, and all of the issue areas we’ve worked on so far. But abortion access isn’t the only issue we work on, so Pro-Choice Maryland is due for a rebrand.

We’re developing a new name, mission, and vision because we believe that the old-guard, whitewashed, cisgender approach to reproductive rights cannot meet our communities’ needs for reproductive justice (RJ). Our goal is to rebuild this organization with an RJ lens — supporting our human rights to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.*

*Defined by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. For more information on reproductive justice and issues under the RJ umbrella, visit @sistersong_woc on Instagram or

Equity and Accountability

The “reproductive freedom” movement often silos itself from racial justice, queer liberation, and economic justice in order to appeal to as many cisgender white women as possible.

Pro-Choice Maryland wasn’t an exception to this trend — PCM has had very few people of color on staff, with even fewer in leadership positions. PCM has also held on to language that excludes transgender people out of fear of offending donors. That’s unacceptable.

As our new team rebuilds and restructures this organization, it’s our responsibility to ensure that PCM’s future does not reflect its harmful past, that we share decision-making power rather than hoarding it, and that ALL workers we hire, including interns, are paid living wages.

Current Leadership and Next Steps

Our current team is multi-racial, multi-gender, and multi-generational. Our day jobs are in education, reproductive health, government, policy & law, and abortion funding.

As we search for new board members, we’re not setting out to find people who are connected with politicians and wealth. We’re looking for fellow reproductive justice advocates — people who believe that our reproductive rights are incomplete without racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and queer liberation — and are energized to advocate for that vision.

After bringing new members onto our board, we will collaboratively establish a new version of Pro-Choice Maryland with a new name and new branding, as well as improved values, goals, and leadership/governance structures.

We’re also re-introducing ourselves to organizations and community members we’ve worked with in the past, but haven’t maintained relationships with during our leadership changes.

Interested in applying? We’ve extended the application deadline!

Applications are open until Sunday, July 16.

For more details about eligibility, requirements, and an approximate application/interview timeline, click the link to the application below.

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2023 Legislative Summary

The 2023 legislative session was one of the most successful sessions we’ve seen for reproductive health, rights, and justice in Maryland.

Working closely with the Marylanders for Reproductive Choice coalition and allied elected officials, Pro-Choice Maryland advocated for the passage of all four bills in the Reproductive Freedom Package.

Reproductive Freedom Bill Package

House Bill 705 / Senate Bill 798
Declaration of Rights – Right to Reproductive Freedom

Status: PASSED, awaiting 2024 ballot referendum
Lead sponsors: Delegate Jones and Senator Ferguson

It’s finally happening! The constitutional amendment for reproductive freedom (formally Declaration of Rights – Right to Reproductive Freedom) passed both chambers and will be on the ballot in 2024.

This amendment would enshrine our rights to contraceptives, continuing a pregnancy, and abortion care in Maryland’s Constitution.

Because this bill is a proposed constitutional amendment, it doesn’t need to be signed by Governor Moore — voters in Maryland will decide whether it’ll go into effect.

House Bill 477 / Senate Bill 341
Public Senior Higher Education Institutions – Reproductive Health Services Plans – Requirements

Status: PASSED, awaiting governor’s signature
Lead sponsors: Senator Kelly and Senator Feldman

Many college and university students’ sexual and reproductive health needs aren’t being met on campus — this summer, this bill will change that.

Higher education institutions will be required to provide 24/7 access to over-the-counter contraceptives, such as condoms and emergency contraception.

The bill also requires public higher education institutions to develop a reproductive health access plan. The plan must determine how to either provide the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services, including birth control, sexually transmitted infection prevention/treatment, and abortion care.

House Bill 812 / Senate Bill 786
Health – Reproductive Health Services – Protected Information and Insurance Requirements

Status: PASSED, awaiting governor’s signature
Health – Reproductive Health Services – Protected Information and Insurance Requirements
Lead sponsors: Delegate Rosenberg and Senator Hettleman

With abortion criminalization ramping up in many states, it’s more important now than ever to protect patients’ reproductive health information.

This bill provides extra layers of protection for reproductive health information contained in electronic record systems, also called health information exchanges. It also ensures that Maryland’s government protects patients’ and providers’ personal information that may be stored in state databases.

House Bill 808 / Senate Bill 859: Reproductive Health Protection Act
Health – Reproductive Health Services – Protected Information and Insurance Requirements

Status: PASSED, awaiting governor’s signature
Lead sponsors: Delegate Williams, Delegate Hill, and Senator Smith

Also called the “shielding bill,” the Reproductive Health Protection Act shields abortion providers, patients, and patients’ supporters from out-of-state criminal charges, civil lawsuits, and administrative penalties.

Maryland courts will not process subpoenas, our state agencies will not provide records, and law enforcement will not cooperate with states attempting to investigate legal abortion care in our state.

As always, we couldn’t have done this work without our supporters, coalition partners, and elected officials working tirelessly to make these bills into law. Thank you to every individual, organization, and office that helped Pro-Choice Maryland and the Marylanders for Reproductive Choice coalition expand our reproductive freedoms this year.

Other news

Mifepristone Cases & SCOTUS Ruling

You might’ve heard about mifepristone in the news lately. Mifepristone is one of two pills often used in medication abortion, a type of abortion care using pills.

On Friday, April 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled 7-2 to stay a Texas court’s attempt to overturn the FDA’s approval of mifepristone from 2000.

What this means

Mifepristone is still FDA approved. Abortion providers can still use mifepristone while providing medication abortion care, and abortion seekers can self-manage their abortions with pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) at home.

If you need an abortion, visit to find an abortion provider or to find abortion pills. If you’re unsure about your reproductive rights in your state or territory, you can contact the Repro Legal Helpline at

If you need financial or practical support with your abortion, the Baltimore Abortion Fund may be able to help. Visit if you live in or are traveling to Maryland, or visit to find abortion funds in other states and regions.