During the 24th week of gestation, the baby can sneeze and react to loud noises, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. At the 24th week, the baby’s brain is quickly growing, with taste buds forming and lungs further developing, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Maryland law says that abortion after viability is unrestricted if it is “necessary to protect the life or health of the woman” or if the child “is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.”
In some cases minors are not required to notify a parent prior to an abortion. Minors don’t have to inform parents or guardians for several reasons such as if “notifying your parents/guardian would not be in your best interest” or the doctor makes a judgment that the minor is “mature and capable of giving informed consent.”
Marylanders haven’t elected a staunchly pro-life governor since prior to Roe v. Wade’s passage in 1973.
In 2015, voters did elect Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. He described himself as personally pro-life but vowed not to change state law on abortion in Maryland while in office.
The last time the state voted for a pro-life presidential candidate was in 1988 for Republican President George H. W. Bush.
A 2014 Pew Research Center poll indicated that 64% of Maryland adults believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. One-third of those polled said that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
A 2022 poll conducted by Braun Research found that 78% of registered voters would support a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to abortion. Only 16% of registered voters said they would oppose the amendment.
That poll was conducted over the telephone with a “random sample” of 810 registered voters in the state.