Abortion and reproductive health take center stage at the Pennsylvania Capitol

Abortion and reproductive health take center stage at the Pennsylvania Capitol

For the first time since the US Supreme Court issued a file Dobbs Resolution in late June, abortion was a top priority for the Pennsylvania Capitol.

On Monday, several thousand Gathered in a march for life At state headquarters, to push for more restrictions on the procedure. Speaker Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster) urged rally-goers not to be “soft” in pushing for things like banning late-term abortions and reducing public funding for health-care centers that perform abortions.

“Women deserve so much more than an abortion,” March for Life president Jane Mancini said during it Monday’s rally. “Life is not something to be afraid of. Life must be embraced and loved.”

Currently, Pennsylvania citizens can have the operation in Up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that, abortion is permitted only in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. State Medicaid funds can help pay for these procedures.

While state lawmakers have not voted on any new abortion legislation since budget talks ended this summer, the Republican Party and a few Democrats support an effort that would rewrite the state constitution to say it “does not give the right to fund taxpayer abortions.” [sic] or any other right related to abortion.”

This idea, which is part of a constitutional amendment package known as SB 106, could come before voters as early as next spring. After it was approved by lawmakers this summer, state Governor Tom Wolfe Request from the State Supreme Court to prevent the package from moving forward. judges The request was rejected earlier this monthand refer the case to a lower court of appeal.

Barring any judicial action, the amendment package will have to be announced and state lawmakers will need to vote on it again for it to appear on the primary ballot in May.

On Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolfe’s administration criticized the March for Life rally by pointing out the types of reproductive health care Pennsylvanians can access through the state.

For example, low-income women can get free or low-cost pregnancy counseling, disease screening and health care providers through the Department of Human Services. Family Planning Services Program.

“These are the essential resources and services that people need to lead healthy lives with dignity, take care of themselves, and thus have healthy families and communities,” said Department of Homeland Security Special Adviser Sarah Juliet at Press Conference.

“Instead of stripping away rights that would put at risk the myriad of people who deserve choice and access to reproductive health care, let’s do better by building and maintaining more supportive programmes, policies and systems that benefit all,” she added.

Senator Judy Schwank of Berks County said curbing access to abortion could have a ripple effect on women’s health care.
“We must look at the full scope of the welfare of women and children,” he said. “Instead, we are forced to fight one battle after another, one after another attempt to wrest the rights of Pennsylvanians.”

Wolff blocked at least three anti-abortion proposals that lawmakers sent to his office during his time in office. But voters will elect a new governor in November, and the candidates have nearly opposing views on the possibility of an abortion.

Republican Doug Mastriano has Pledge to support the “heartbeat bill” It would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy without exception. Democrat Josh Shapiro has promised to follow in Wolf’s footsteps Veto against any new restrictions on abortion.

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