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Maryland

  • By: Angela Stephens
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The diminutive state of Maryland, in the eastern United States, has a population of 5.6 million in 2007. In that year, 36,618 marriages were performed (31,727 residents) and 16,631 divorces and 31 annulments were granted. In 2007, women constituted about 49 percent of the private sector workforce, but earned an average of $31,392 as opposed to $42,509 for men, and were more likely to live in poverty (9 percent for women versus 6 percent for men). In 2008, 64 percent of women in Maryland were in the civilian labor force.

Extreme Abortion Laws in Maryland

On February 18, 1991, Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer signed into law SB 162, an abortion bill that went far beyond Roe v. Wade. Prolife proponents mounted an all-out effort to repeal ...

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