MD Democrats Ask Hogan to Fund Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to fund Planned Parenthood in his next budget proposal.

Lawmakers sent a letter making the request of the Republican governor on Tuesday. It is signed by 74 Democrats, including nine senators and 65 House members.

Matt Clark, a spokesman for Hogan, says the administration will spend the next several months crafting next year's budget, which won't be released until January.

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The letter notes that Maryland's fiscal year 2014 budget included payments of $2.6 million to Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.

The letter says the payments were made primarily by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to support community-based health care. That includes cancer screenings, family planning services and other cost-saving preventative health care services.