Maryland challenged for shielding identities of abortion providers

In early 2013, after two women died after abortions and the state began enforcing new rules for providers, activist Andrew Glenn sought to inspect applications to operate abortion clinics in Maryland.

While information on doctors and medical practices is typically made public and often posted online, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said no to Glenn, regional director for the Maryland Coalition for Life. The state argued that the potential risk of violence against abortion providers justified shielding their identities, and that releasing the names would result in fewer doctors providing the procedures. 

The case is now before Maryland's highest court, which heard arguments earlier this month. Continue…