BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new Maryland law is opening up family planning services to thousands of women and teens.

Monique Griego has more on the big changes that are expected to save lives.

Unplanned and teen pregnancies and infant deaths are three major targets of a new Maryland law.

“This is not just a stake in today; this is a stake in our future,” said Delegate Heather Mizeur.

State Senator Catherine Pugh teamed up with Montgomery County delegate Mizeur to pass a law that opens up free family planning services to women having their first baby.

“Family planning services for your first child is the most important thing we can do to tackle the chronic and persistent infant mortality rates in this state,” Mizeur said.

Maryland ranks 42nd in the nation when it comes to infant mortality. Statewide, this new law will give 35,000 women and teens access to crucial medical care and free birth control.

“Empower women to have babies when it makes sense for them, helping them break cycles of poverty,” Mizeur said.

Melanie Townsend Diggs is happy to know more women will get help like she received.

“What could we do without them, you know?” she said.

But in order for this new program to work, health care leaders need to get the word out and they’re doing that with a new outreach program.

“We have to make sure that more women know about this coverage and get enrolled,” Mizeur said.

Diggs believes women need to know care is available.

“That you’re not alone and that there’s some help for you,” she said.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, providing family planning services will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by 23 percent and 39 percent among low-income women.

Comments (10)
  1. inmyopinion says:

    “free family planning services to women having their first baby”

    What?!! Why not mandate birth control for teens and before women have their first baby? That would end the “baby’s daddy” syndrome that is prevalent for lower income women.

  2. Liberal Soldier says:

    It is all about the women. Allow them to make the decision. It is their body. Any one can deliver the sperm. You can buy it on the market. Trust women to make the right decison with their bodies. Don’t be a dictatorship and force women to do what you want them to do. This is a free, democratic society. And no intercourse is NOT a child. When the embryo leaves the womb is when a child is born. Always was and always will be.

    1. moleman says:

      Liberal, LMFAO.

  3. LaDasha says:

    This is great I’ll tell all my friends. I agree they need to get the word out so all women can take advantage of this service.

  4. JW says:

    Just another Maryland “Nanny Service”..something else the rest of us working fools will have to pay for in some form or another.

    1. eeyore13 says:

      We are already paying for the kids who are born. Family planning is not just abortions. It includes birth control such as the pill. That is much cheaper than having the child in the foster care system. For example, there was a girl in to our free lunch last week who is 20 and prego with her 4th child. The first three are in foster care. Maybe, and hopefully, she will be one of the ones who takes advantage of this program.

      1. moleman says:

        EEYORE13. Good luck with that you stupid person. This c…..t is gaming the system.

  5. Buffalo Soldier says:

    willie joe, your mother miss the opportunity to make this world a better place by not aborting, Stupid idiot.

  6. Buffalo Soldier says:

    willie joe, your mother miss the opportunity to make this world a better place by not aborting you, Stupid idiot.

  7. Buffalo Soldier says:

    willie joe same old racict comments, life must be really cruel to you.

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