Senate Bill 0798, also known as the “Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2023,” is a significant step forward for reproductive rights in Maryland, particularly given the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court. Maryland is taking action to ensure that individuals have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion services, regardless of their income level, immigration status, or any other factor that might impede their ability to access care. Senate Bill 0798 is an example of such action, and would establish the right to comprehensive reproductive health care for all individuals in Maryland.

If passed, Senate Bill 0798 would provide a critical safety net for individuals seeking reproductive health care services in Maryland. The bill would ensure that individuals have access to accurate and unbiased information about all available options for contraception and abortion services, as well as the potential risks and benefits of each option. It would also require insurance plans to cover contraception and abortion services, and establish a fund to provide financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford to pay for reproductive health care services on their own.

By passing Senate Bill 0798, Maryland is taking a bold stand for reproductive rights at a time when access to reproductive health care is under threat. The bill is a critical step forward in ensuring that individuals in Maryland have access to the comprehensive reproductive health care they need and deserve, and stands as a beacon of hope for those who believe in the fundamental right of all individuals to make their own choices about their bodies and their lives.

This bill passed in the Senate on March 14th and now moves to the House floor vote, which is the final hurdle before it can become law. If passed, the bill will make Maryland one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to reproductive health care.

We have been actively advocating for the bill's passage and see it as a crucial part of our broader agenda to advance progressive policies that promote equity and justice for all Marylanders.