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Maryland Democratic Senate candidate Angela Alsobrooks warns against trusting Larry Hogan on abortion

Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun on

Published in Political News

BALTIMORE — Maryland Democratic leaders warned against trusting U.S. Senate Republican nominee Larry Hogan’s recent abortion revelation, pointing to his legislative record and kinship with anti-abortion Republicans.

At a news conference held outside of Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Angela Alsobrooks, Comptroller Brooke Lierman and members of the General Assembly attacked the former governor’s record on abortion, alleging that the Republican Party sees his election as the pathway to a federal ban.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Lierman, a Democrat, said. “Former Governor Hogan may think Marylanders have short memories. He may think we don’t know how to count to 51 in the U.S. Senate. But the people of Maryland and the women of Maryland have seen his actions.”

Hogan, a popular two-term Republican governor, told the The New York Times last week that he favors restoring the precedent set by the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, and that he would “continue to protect the rights of women” to make health care choices — “just like I did as governor for eight years,” he said.

Until last week, Hogan, who was recruited to run by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, danced around addressing abortion access when questioned, calling it an “emotional issue.”

“Ladies, we have made clear that we don’t need any help regulating our emotions, and this issue is about something that is deeper and more personal for all of us,” Alsobrooks said. “It is our rights, our privacy, our freedom.”

 

Alsobrooks, who has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Emily’s List, said she would co-sponsor federal legislation to codify abortion access on her first day in office.

In a radio appearance on WBAL NewsRadio’s C4 and Bryan Nehman show Wednesday morning, Hogan said he would support abortion access up to 26 weeks, and wants to compromise on a bill that would reinstall the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

“Look, this is an issue in that that’s all the Democrats will talk about,” Hogan said Wednesday. “They think this is the only thing people are going to make their decisions on.”

Hogan said that both Alsobrooks and Congressman David Trone, her opponent in the primary election, campaigned on the notion that he would be “the deciding vote” on the abortion ban.

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