Karen Nelson, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland and the co-CEO of the new regional group, is describing the action in other states as "a coordinated, aggressive and horrifying agenda to ban abortion and overturn Roe v. Wade." That's the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure nationwide.
Planned Parenthood says the new group will advocate politically to protect access to reproductive health care services.
Supporters of abortion rights hold a rally outside Baltimore City Hall to raise awareness of states that are passing laws restricting abortions. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)