The human right to life is rooted in the fact that life ethics and social justice are inextricably intertwined in the concept of human dignity.

Pope Saint John Paul II wrote that “a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.” — Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995)

Abortion violates this inherent right by ending the life of an unborn child. 



Maryland has some of the highest abortion rates in the nation due to the permissive language used in our state laws and a lack of regulation.   Maryland's abortion rate was equivalent to nearly 103 abortions per day in 2005.   29,800 abortions were provided in Maryland in 2017, or about 82 per day and 7% higher than 2014.    Maryland accounts for 3.5 percent of abortions performed in the United States. 

Source: Alan Guttmacher Institute

Since 2005, the state has failed to maintain reliable data and vital statistics on Maryland’s abortion rates, and is one of only three states that do not report any abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Conference supports legislation that would require Maryland to track and report data on abortion rates.

The Maryland Catholic Conference works to foster a culture of life in Maryland by advocating for laws that uphold the dignity of the human person and that assist pregnant women in need, while working to ensure the State offers safe standards for women's health.