Baltimore County Pledges Not To Enforce Other States' Abortion Bans
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Baltimore County will not enforce any out-of-state abortion bans, the state's attorney and county executive said in a statement issued Monday.
The announcement came a little more than two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled to leave it to states to decide how they wanted to handle abortion rights, overturning Roe v. Wade through a June 24 ruling.
"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives," according to the opinion, delivered by Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. and Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger say they will protect everyone regardless of where they live.
"Baltimore County is committed to protecting the right of all women, regardless of where they are from, to access reproductive health care and safe abortion services," Olszewksi and Shellenberger said in a statement. "The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office will not participate in or assist in the extradition of any person in connection with abortion bans enacted in other states."
Leaders in California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Washington have also vowed not to cooperate with out-of-state investigations into abortion, ABC reported.
"County Executive Olszewski fully supports State’s Attorney Shellenberger’s position to not criminalize anyone who seeks abortion care in Baltimore County, and will continue to support and protect the HIPAA rights of anyone who receives medical care in our communities," the statement in Baltimore County said. "Under Maryland law, access to abortion remains protected, and we are committed to fully upholding these laws and protecting the rights of all women."