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Pro-abortionists look to courts to overturn pro-life law in Pennsylvania

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The abortion industry and its political allies want to make Pennsylvania another New York, with abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

This week, pro-abortion Governor Tom Wolf and pro-abortion state Attorney General (and Gubernatorial candidate) Josh Shapiro held a news conference where they claimed they would stop any pro-life legislation from advancing in the Keystone State.

Pro-life majorities fill the  Senate and House of Representatives. It has only been the Governor’s veto pen which has stopped pro-life bills from being enacted in PA in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper ran a column trumpeting a state Supreme Court case which could wipe out the Commonwealth’s time-tested Abortion Control Act.

That landmark law ensures a ban on abortions 24 weeks after gestation. It also provides for informed consent, meaning a woman must be told the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion prior to an abortion taking place. It also offers a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion—a crucial time of reflection in which women can consult with trusted family members, friends, and clergy who can provide her with the support she needs to bring her baby into the world.

The Abortion Control Act also provides for parental consent prior to abortion. That provision is largely credited with cutting abortion totals in half in Pennsylvania.

The abortion industry wants the state Supreme Court to allow taxpayer funding of abortion under the PA Constitution. But it also wants to move a giant leap in the direction of no-holds-barred abortion. Abortion businesses are calling on the Court to declare a fundamental right to abortion, even though no such right exists in the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The court case is part of a strategy to do an end run around our elected state lawmakers, the majority of whom do not want to see unlimited abortion in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has filed an amicus brief in the Pennsylvania case, arguing forcefully against taxpayer funding of abortion and a so-called fundamental right to abortion under the PA Constitution.   

The courts are not the place to draft laws. That right and responsibility belong to legislators, duly elected by the people. The abortion industry’s court case is just one more sign of a failing industry’s desperation in a society that increasingly embraces a culture of life.  

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