Critics fear new ‘pregnant persons freedom’ bill in Maryland may decriminalize infanticide

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With Maryland lawmakers moving to have the right to abortion added to the state’s constitution, new legislation that is being moved forward under the guise of protecting the rights of “pregnant persons” is drawing criticism over its effective decriminalizing of infanticide.

On Friday, House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the pro-abortion amendment which, if approved by the Senate, will be on the ballot in time for November’s election. But it was a pair of bills that would change the law in how mothers are investigated and penalized for “terminating or attempting to terminate” their pregnancies that brought opposition from some including the American Center for Law and Justice.

The legislation, Maryland Senate Bill 669 and House Bill 626, which are referred to as the “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022” are at first glance yet another attempt by the “woke” left to change the language to eliminate any reference to women because, as so many of them believe, men can get pregnant too, but the devil is in the details.

According to ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the legislation could “legalize infanticide up to 28 days AFTER birth. It would prevent an investigation where a living child was allowed to die between 1-4 weeks after birth,”

In a breakdown of the Maryland legislation, the ACLJ writes, “At first glance, this bill looks like it simply changes the word ‘woman’ to ‘pregnant person,’ and then prevents a ‘pregnant person’ from being investigated or penalized for ‘terminating or attempting to terminate’ her own pregnancy. But we are well aware that abortion advocates constantly package what they sell as benign, when it is truly lethal.”

The organization added:

“In this case, as we are prepared to point out in our testimony, the bill also proposes a revision of the fetal murder/manslaughter statute that would serve to handcuff the investigation of infant deaths unrelated to abortion. In other words – this bill will effectively legalize infanticide. The exact language of the bill states: “This section may not be construed to authorize any form of investigation or penalty for a person . . . experiencing a . . . perinatal death related to a failure to act.”

“In other words, a baby born alive and well could be abandoned and left to starve or freeze to death, and nothing could be done to punish those who participated in that cruel death. The bill also includes a section that would allow “a person [to] bring a cause of action for damages if the person was subject to unlawful arrest or criminal investigation for a violation of this section as a result of . . . experiencing a . . . perinatal death.”


Pro-abortion groups are solidly behind the legislation, led by Planned Parenthood.

With the focus on the constitutional amendment for abortion being the focus of attention, including drawing condemnation from Catholic leaders, the “Pregnant Persons Freedom Act” has flown under the radar.

“The bill has just been shoved through because no one is paying attention,” Maryland pro-life activist Ro Kane said. “This is how evil our world has become.”


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