Council President: Repeal of Roe v. Wade is ‘Inexcusable’ 

After the Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion case of Roe v. Wade and struck down a gun law last week, Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz condemned the decisions. 

“We, on the council, are still reeling, as is the rest of the country, from the frankly dangerous and reckless decisions made by the Supreme Court last week,” he said during a media briefing Monday. 

Albornoz said the repeal of Roe v. Wade “overturns 50 years of precedent and sets women’s rights back generations.” 

The Supreme Court last week also struck down a New York gun law that required residents to show “proper cause” to carry a concealed gun outside the home. Albornoz said the decision will disproportionately impact Maryland, which he said is one of six states that has laws that make it harder to carry a concealed weapon. He said a review has already been initiated at the local level to look at Maryland’s current policies and see what will need to be adjusted to comply with the ruling and also ensure safety.

Abortion rights are protected in Maryland.

Following the Roe v. Wade decision last week, County Executive Marc Elrich said there is “no way” the jurisdiction will cooperate with any state that thinks the county will provide information about who traveled here and what procedures were done. He announced he directed his Chief Administrative Officer to draft a new policy for county employees that prohibits county payment for travel to states that roll back abortion rights.

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