Ben Jealous on Abortion
Hogan: Legal. Personally opposes abortion, but declares the subject settled & will not try to change Maryland's laws protecting woman's rights.
Jealous: Legal. "If we increase barriers to abortion & family planning services, women will see their health compromised, & all of our families will suffer."
Contraception: Employers can withhold contraceptive coverage if they disagree?
Hogan: No. Signed expansive birth control insurance bill.
Jealous: No. Criticizes Hogan for leaving out state employees in bill expanding insurance contraception coverage.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Hogan: Unclear. Allowed bill to protect Planned Parenthood health services to go into law without his signature.
Jealous: Yes. Supports Planned Parenthood. Include women's health services as part of Medicare for All.
Jealous said, "Hogan needs to publicly affirm that he will not take any action to undermine Maryland's law protecting a woman's right to choose. Given Hogan refused to sign legislation protecting Planned Parenthood funding, and his prior advocacy to ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest, we have every reason to be concerned about his commitment to protecting our current laws."