By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,
Gov. Wes Moore has officially joined the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, a group of governors who have pledged to sustain womens’ reproductive rights.
Moore announced that he had joined the collective on Feb. 21.
“I supported four bills heading to the floor of our state legislature that will protect abortion access, privacy, and out-of-state patients—including a bill to create a constitutional amendment that will enshrine reproductive rights in the Maryland Constitution,” Moore said. “I am proud to stand with other governors in the fight to protect reproductive freedom. While some states have decided to move toward restricting women’s rights, I can assure you that here in Maryland, we will protect them.”
In each state, alliance organizers said, lawmakers will work to strengthen reproductive liberty despite recent threats to abortion access through opposing judges and state legislators.
“Over 36 million women have lost access to critical health care in the last year with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Medication abortion – one of the safest forms of health care – may be stripped from our clinics and hospitals nationwide,” said the governors in a joint statement to members of the media. “In the face of this unprecedented assault by states hostile to abortion rights and their enablers in the courts, we are pledging to work together to strengthen abortion firewalls across America.”
States participating in the initiative are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.
Tashi McQueen is a Report For America Corps Member.