As part of National Action Day in response to a draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Rowe v. Wade, reproductive rights advocates, health workers and lawmakers will take action at the state Capitol on Saturday – thousands of demonstrations across the country are expected to attend.
«Forbid our bodies”, An event organized by Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Keystone and Planned Parenthood Western Pennsylvania, will join the nationwide effort to protect access to abortion at 1pm in Harrisburg.
“We are in a time of crisis. Make no mistake, ”said Dane Steinberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania, during recent press conference. “The threat is not hypothetical. The court is clearly ready to suspend the constitutional right to abortion. “
National Action Day comes almost two weeks after Fr. leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court rulingwritten by Judge Samuel Alita, overturning a 1973 decision declaring access to abortion a constitutional right, and “Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” a 1992 decision upholding that right.
If the U.S. Supreme Court votes to repeal Rowe v. Wade, a decision likely to be made next month, more than a dozen states could go on to restrict access to abortion across the country.
Governor Tom Wolfe, a former Democrat Planned Parenthood Volunteer, has promised to veto any legislation restricting access to abortion in Pennsylvania. Wolff vetoed three bills that curtailed a procedure passed by a Republican-controlled legislature.
“Let me be clear – access to abortion and reproductive health will remain legal and safe as long as I am governor,” said Wolf, who is expected to take part in Saturday’s demonstration in Harrisburg. “But Rowe v. Wade, access to abortion and reproductive rights are under attack.”
But due to the fact that in January 2023 the governor will step down with a limited term, and the General Assembly has spread a number of proposals to restrict access to abortion, access to abortion has become central element in the gubernatorial race.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the only Democrat running for governor, has long opposed restrictions on access to abortion. During Fr. December press conference As for reproductive rights, Shapiro said the court “unfortunately” revoked the right to “safe legal abortion for women across America.”
More than a dozen state legislatures have imagined the post-Rowe era with bills restricting access to abortion. And if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark case, it could happen again.
Current Pennsylvania Act allows you to have an abortion for any reason, except sex choices, within six months – or 24 weeks – of pregnancy. In 2019, the state Department of Health reported 31,018 abortions.
Pennsylvania Republicans have proposed restrictions on abortion providers, including a bill requires the fruits are given painkillers before abortion. Republican lawmakers have also made a proposal constitutional amendment that, in the event of voter approval, would amend the state governing document to approve this there is no constitutional right to abortion or state funding for this procedure.
Republican candidates running for governor of Pennsylvania are the only ones restricting access to abortion. But they shared on how to deal with legislation that restricts procedures, especially regarding the terms of prohibition and exclusion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
“Every supporter, every partner, every person who believes that the right to abortion is a fundamental right in this country, will take action on May 14 to make it clear that this struggle is far from over,” the Planned Parenthood said in a statement. Pennsylvania. . “Pennsylvania will unite in solidarity to declare that no judge, no politician, no prohibition should ever steal our freedoms or determine the course of your life.”