Thank You for Attending MLAW’s Fall Conference! Wrap Up and Next Steps

Thank you!  Many thanks for attending MLAW’s Fall Agenda Conference on Saturday. It was so great to see you all in person after two years of Zoom. It was truly a busy, yet productive day and we are excited that so many of you joined us.  We would like to know what you thought of the conference so please take a minute to complete a short survey

Photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page with more being added.  You can view them in our 2022 Conference Album.  Please feel free to tag yourself or friends and share on your wall. 

Thank you to the advocates and legislators who presented their legislative proposals for the upcoming 2023 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Fifteen bills in all were presented.  Of these bills, 6-8 will make up MLAW’s 2023 Agenda.

Many thanks to our local elected officials who took time from their busy schedules to join our conference: Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Ariana Kelly, Delegate Terri Hill, Delegate Bonnie Cullison, Delegate Sandy Bartlett, Delegate Pam Queen, Delegate Shaneka Henson, Delegate Lesley Lopez, Delegate Nicole Williams, Delegate-Elect Pam Guzzone, and Delegate-elect Karen Simpson.

We are in the process of preparing a ballot to all MLAW members in good standing to vote on the issues that were presented at the conference.  Not all initiatives will be included in the 2023 Agenda; in fact, we will select only 6-8 from the 15 submitted.  Your voice in this process is important!  If you are not a current member of MLAW, please join or renew your membership today so that you can vote on the issues important to you and which you think should comprise the Agenda.  A membership form is on our website. Ballots will be sent on a rolling basis until the voting deadline.

To read about the issues that were presented at the conference, you can view or download the proposal packet on our website.

If you would like to add your name in support of the 2023 Agenda, and have your name listed in our Agenda Document, please complete this very simple form.

Finally, if you are not on our email listserv, please join! We communicate exclusively through email so it is important to be on MLAW’s list.  During the session, you will receive important legislative alerts that require your action.  You will also receive news and information about our events, like our upcoming Legislative Briefing, date TBA.  To join our email list, simply send an email to us at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com and ask to be added.

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible!  Without them, the conference would not be possible. Download our beautiful program booklet here.

Thank you again for your participation on Saturday. We look forward to working with you during the legislation session to pass the laws that will improve the lives of Maryland’s women and families!

MLAW Board of Directors

Thank You, Fall Conference Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors
Compassion and Choices
For All Seasons
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland NOW
Planned Parenthood Maryland

Gold Sponsors
City of College Park
Delegate Pam Queen
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

Silver Sponsors
AAUW Maryland
Allegany County Women’s Action Coalition
Delegate Heather Bagnall
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Delegate Nicole Williams
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter
Emerge Maryland
Frederick County Commission for Women
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
MomsRising
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club
Prince George’s County Commission for Women
Tahira Hussain
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Prince George’s County Chapter
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Bronze Sponsors
Baltimore County Commission for Women
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Calvert County Commission for Women
Christol Hair
Michaele Cohen
Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter
Chapter
Wendy Frosh
Susan Horst
Elizabeth Joyce
Maryland Health Care for All
Melissa Curtin Coaching + Consulting
Montgomery County NOW
The Old Line Project
Joan Stine
Whitfield Legal
Zonta Club of Annapolis

Shift to the States: Women Lead in Maryland

MLAW’s Fall Agenda Conference

The MLAW fall conference will be held in-person on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Great Hall.

The Conference will provide information and strategies to activate and energize participants to successfully advocate for legislation impacting women and families during the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session.

Join us to:

  • Listen to a Panel Discussion addressing how recent actions at the federal level of government have states stepping into protect the rights of women and families. Learn what legislation is being proposed here in Maryland to fill the gaps. Speakers TBD.
  • Gain valuable insights from Advocates and Legislators presenting 2023 Legislative Proposals
  • Network with other MLAW supporters from around Maryland about these important issues.
  • Tickets are $35 until 11/1/22; late registration is $40 after 11/1/22. Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. For more information, call 443-519-1005 or email us at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com. Ticket sales will close at 5pm on Wednesday 11/9/22. Due to safety considerations, there will be no on-site registration. Please register now.

Morning refreshments such as coffee and continental breakfast items will be provided during arrival and registration. Lunch will not be provided, however, there are many dining options within walking distance to the conference site for attendees to enjoy after the conference. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage/water bottle to enjoy during the conference.

Safety Precautions: To keep our staff, speakers, and guests safe, we ask that all participants wear a mask when entering the venue and checking in. Masks should be worn unless eating or presenting. Our venue has ample space, and we ask that attendees spread out and choose seats leaving some empty seats clustered throughout the hall. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at multiple locations throughout the conference. MLAW reserves the right to close registration early if ticket sales exceed a safe capacity for the space.

MLAW Statement of the Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

The SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a devastating blow to a fundamental human right that people in this country have been able to access for decades and generations.  Removing access to abortion will have dire, life-threatening consequences for women across this country.  Overturning 50 years of precedent significantly undermines reproductive freedom and a woman’s bodily autonomy.  

The evisceration of this human right significantly limits health care for women, deepens racial disparities, will increase maternal mortality rates, and will have particularly dangerous consequences for low-income women and women of color. The travesty of this politicized decision will overwhelm mental health services, foster care providers and social services agencies with potentially disastrous outcomes.

Forcing pregnant people and minors to carry a pregnancy to term, regardless of circumstance, or worse, having to prove that a rape or incest has occurred, is not only invasive but unnecessarily cruel and dehumanizing.  Women deserve better than that.

Make no mistake, this decision is just the tip of the iceberg to take away the most basic human rights, and we stand ready to work with our partners in protecting the autonomy and privacy of Marylanders’ lives.

We are proud to have supported the successfully passed Abortion Care Access Act in the 2022 legislative session. This bill, which will expand abortion providers and training, will be necessary to help ensure that Maryland women as well as pregnant people who come to Maryland from across the country receive the vital care they need when they are making the most deeply personal choices of their lives. 

As we have for decades, MLAW will continue to support Marylanders’ full autonomy and vociferously put our full weight behind supporting Marylanders’ access to abortion.