Pennsylvania Legislature Approves Proposed Constitutional Amendment Stating there is no constitutional right to taxpayer funding of abortion

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania state Senate and state House of Representatives have scored a victory for taxpayers through the passage of a proposed Constitutional Amendment which would bar taxpayer funding of abortion.

“This Constitutional Amendment would represent a major win for all those who do not want their hard-earned tax dollars to pay for abortion, which is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Keystone State affiliate of National Right to Life.   

The Amendment would also ensure that the people, through their duly elected representatives in the state, would decide abortion policy, rather than a handful of judges through judicial fiat.

“The people in individual states deserve to have the final say on legislation that would protect preborn children and their mothers from harm,” Gallagher added.   

The Constitutional Amendment must pass the Senate and House in two consecutive sessions before it can be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. 

Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health show that more than 32,000 abortions occurred in the Commonwealth in 2020, the latest year for which statistics are available. “Imagine how many kindergarten classes of children have been lost to abortion in Pennsylvania  It’s mind-boggling,” Gallagher said.

In Pennsylvania, abortion totals would be much higher were it not for the many pregnancy resource centers which provide free counseling and material assistance for pregnant women facing challenging circumstances. Pennsylvania’s state-assisted Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program offers true alternatives and options to women in their time of need.  

No pregnant woman in Pennsylvania should feel as if she is alone. Pregnancy help centers stand ready to offer no-cost assistance and the emotional support every pregnant woman deserves,” Gallagher added.