Mar 19, 2012
Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a new licensing fee of $1,500 that would apply only to some of the state’s surgical clinics – only those that perform abortions.
This proposal is coming from the administration of the supposedly open-minded, liberal Governor O’Malley, who a year ago appointed the supposedly open-minded liberal head of the health department, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.
As if women’s health clinics don’t have enough problems and pressures in providing abortion and family planning services that are vital to the health and well-being of women who need them. Now these clinics with modest financial resources may be slapped with a $1,500 fee, just for the legal right to exist.
Democrats pretend to support women’s reproductive rights. But in making this proposal, they are clearly adding to the current push to deny women their rights.