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Welcome to “The Quickie” — Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s daily tipsheet on the top health care & reproductive rights stories of the day. You can read “The Quickie'' online here.

In today’s Quickie: Virginia House leadership exposes anti-abortion politicians and Maryland funds abortion care clinic training program. 

VOTE ON ABORTION BILL HOLDS ANTI-ABORTION POLITICIANS’ FEET TO THE FIRE: Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates held a vote on an abortion ban that would cut off all state funding for any institution that performs abortions or refers out for abortion care, including hospitals. The bill would also not include any exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. When this bill was introduced last week, it was rejected unanimously by a House panel, and the Democratic-led House pushed for a vote this week to get every House member on the record.

This was a rare procedural move from House leadership intended to ensure Virginians know where their legislators stand on abortion access. The bill ultimately failed 95-1.

Read more in WVTF.


MARYLAND FUNDS ABORTION CARE CLINIC TRAINING PROGRAM: Yesterday, Maryland Governor Wes Moore announced that the Maryland Department of Health has awarded a $10.6 million grant to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to administer Maryland’s Abortion Care Clinical Training Program. A portion of this funding will go to Planned Parenthood of Maryland to run a community-based clinical training site.

As Planned Parenthood of Maryland President and Chief Executive Officer Karen J. Nelson explained, “We know that just because the legal right to abortion exists, does not mean that patients can always access care. The Abortion Care Access Act and the creation of the Maryland Abortion Care Clinical Training Program are stepping stones to ensuring that no matter what zip code a patient has, they can access the care they deserve. There is no chance for health care equity without access.”

Read more from CBS here

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