Reproductive rights are under attack. In a recent interview, the President-elect said that any justices he appoints to the Supreme Court will be “pro-life,” and that if Roe was overturned, the issue will be returned to the states. He then suggested that women living in states where abortion was criminalized could “perhaps” go to another state.
Perhaps, if they have the time and money to do so.
What we know for sure is that not everybody has those resources, and the result is preventable injury and death. Around the world, 68,000 women die of unsafe abortion annually, making it a leading cause of maternal mortality (13%).
Meanwhile here in Pennsylvania, anti-choice extremist lawmakers are focused on passing more state-level abortion bans. Recently, on the last day of our two-year session, a day usually reserved for farewells to departing legislators and discuss leadership for next year, Pennsylvania House Republicans threatened to pass HB1948, a dangerous double abortion ban.
HB1948 is not only medically dangerous, it is blatantly unconstitutional. On top of that, Governor Tom Wolf has stated that if passed into law, he would veto it.
At the last moment, they didn’t vote on HB1948, but the message was loud and clear: Our work protecting equal access to reproductive rights in Pennsylvania will be extra challenging into the foreseeable future, as extremists do everything they can to chisel away at our reproductive rights.
We have been representing abortion providers since the 1970s. We have the expertise to navigate byzantine laws and to assess constitutionality of proposed policies. But we need resources. We are a non-profit organization. We are the only public interest legal center devoted to the rights of women and girls in Pennsylvania.
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