Elrich Responds to Supreme Court’s Overturning of Roe v. Wade

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion case of Roe v. Wade.

Montgomery 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. Abortion rights are protected in Maryland.

“If they think that they can extend their reduction of women’s rights to neighboring states, they’re seriously wrong,” Elrich told MyMCM on Friday. 

In a statement Friday, Elrich 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.

He told MyMCM the county will work on advertising campaigns in states with industries the county is interested in attracting. 

“And saying, ‘Why would you leave your women in jeopardy? Why do you want your female employees subject to the will of Gov. Abbott or Gov. DeSantis? They should be free, and bring your employees to a state where they’re free,'” Elrich said.

“They want to play, we can play. Hopefully we can create some economic hardship for them, more than happy to do that.”

Elrich also noted he previously announced he would seek $1 million in a supplemental allocation from the county council to establish a fund for abortion services following the leaked Supreme Court draft last month.

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