Friday, January 17, 2003

Maryland pro-life legislators plan strategy

With the new Republican governor providing a backdrop of cautious optimism, about 30 anti-abortion legislators met yesterday in Annapolis to discuss what abortion-related bills they will propose this session.Although those who attended described the meeting largely as a brainstorming session, the lawmakers did agree on some guidelines: They won't push for anything too controversial and instead will concentrate on one or two anti-abortion measures they believe are supported by most Marylanders.Those include tightening loopholes in parental-notification laws for minors seeking abortions and possibly a bill banning late-term abortions. They might also try to remove public funding of abortion in certain cases through a floor amendment to the state budget.All are ideas that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. either voted for as a legislator or has said he supports - providing a starting point for Maryland's anti-abortion lobby.

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