Pro-aborts want Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule there is a right to taxpayer funding of abortion under the state Constitution

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

Pennsylvania’s long-standing ban on taxpayer funding of abortion took center stage at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week.

A group of abortion facilities, led by an abortion center in Pittsburgh, has filed suit to demand a right to taxpayer funding of abortion under the state Constitution.

If the High Court rules in favor of the abortion industry, it would be violating a 1985 precedent in which the Court declared there is no Constitutional right to taxpayer funding of abortion.

The abortion centers, led by Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, are claiming that the Medicaid abortion ban violates Pennsylvania’s Equal Rights Amendment, which states that a service cannot be denied on the basis of sex.

But an attorney representing Pennsylvania state Senators, Matthew Haverstick, stated, “This is not a case about the right to abortion in Pennsylvania. This is a funding case.”

Currently, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program pays for abortion only in the rare cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in the coming months.

If the Court goes against precedent and rules in favor of the abortion facilities, the only recourse for Pennsylvania taxpayers would be a Constitutional Amendment, declaring no right to taxpayer funding of abortion under the Commonwealth’s Constitution.