Maryland lawmakers will consider legislation to ban the sort of interstate abortions performed last year by a New Jersey doctor.
Delegate Michael Smigiel has introduced three bills in response to revelations about Dr. Steven Brigham, who operated an abortion clinic in Elkton. His license to practice medicine has been suspended after regulators found that he was starting late-term abortions in New Jersey, then ferrying patients to Maryland to complete the procedures.
Smigiel, a Cecil County Republican, says his law office is less than a block from Brigham’s clinic and that he was “shocked” to learn what was going on there. One of his bills would mandate that an abortion begun in the state must be concluded in the state except during an emergency.