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Pennsylvania leaders react to ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the fundamental right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, a reversal that leaves states free to drastically reduce or even outlaw the procedure.

Pennsylvania elected officials released statements on the ruling Friday. Their full statements are below.

Note: This list will be updated as more statements are released.

Gov. Tom Wolf, Democrat

Gov. Tom Wolf. (BEN HASTY ??
Gov. Tom Wolf

“First and most importantly, it is critical that everyone understands that abortion services are available and unharmed in Pennsylvania by today’s Supreme Court action. Providers may still provide reproductive health care services and patients should continue the health care plan they’ve developed with their physicians.

“Nonetheless, I am deeply disappointed in today’s Supreme Court opinion and the impact this decision will have nationwide. The right to bodily autonomy — and privacy as a whole — is under attack in this country. We must do more to protect the rights of women and pregnant people in every state across the country that doesn’t have a governor willing to wield their veto pen.

“As we approach a critical election cycle here in Pennsylvania, I cannot stress enough how important it is to exercise your personal right to vote. Elections matter.

“This decision did not happen overnight. Right-wing extremists have been strategically planning to dismantle decades long decisions to further their agendas and divide our country with policies designed to infringe upon our freedoms. They have done so one vote at a time, one election at a time across our beloved nation. We cannot allow this to continue.

“Americans are feeling defeated and angry today, and I don’t blame them. However, as long as I am governor, I vow to protect abortion access and reproductive health care in Pennsylvania.

“To women and pregnant people in surrounding states and across the country where this isn’t the case, you are safe here in the commonwealth.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Democrat

Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey

“Today’s decision upends almost a half-century of legal precedent and rips away a constitutional right that generations of women have known their entire lives. This dangerous ruling won’t end abortions in this country, but it will put women’s lives at risk. And make no mistake — this is not the end goal, it’s just the beginning. Republicans in Congress want to pass federal legislation to completely ban abortion. Our daughters and granddaughters should not grow up with fewer rights than their mothers.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization restores the American people’s ability to determine abortion laws through their elected representatives, as the constitution requires. Precedents that are wrongly decided should be overturned, just as Brown v. Board of Education was right to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson. This ruling is a win for the unborn, the constitution and democratic governance.”

Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Democrat

FILE Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman visits with people attending a Democratic Party event for candidates to meet and collect signatures for ballot petitions for the upcoming Pennsylvania primary election, at the Steamfitters Technology Center in Harmony, Pa., March 4, 2022. The fate of the Democratic Party is intertwined in a pair of Pennsylvania elections that'll be closely watched this year. John Fetterman could help the party keep control of the Senate. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

“Deciding how and when to become a mother is a decision that should always be made by a woman and her doctor — not politicians. If there were any doubts left about what’s at stake in this race, it became crystal clear today. The right to an abortion will be on the ballot this November in Pennsylvania.

“I will protect abortion rights. Dr. Oz will take them away. It’s that simple.”

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Chester County Democrat

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan

“Roe was settled precedent for nearly my entire life — 60% of Americans want it upheld.

“Roe meant freedom for women and families to choose.

“So let’s call the SCOTUS ruling for what it is: a blatant attack on our freedoms.

“The long road to restoring our rights begins now. I’m ready.

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, Montgomery County Democrat

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th Dist., listens during congressional proceedings.
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean

“I was 13 when Roe became law of the land.

“Fifty years later an extreme right-wing court has now ended the constitutional right to abortion — politicians can now control a women’s body.

“I have tears of anger — girls like my 10 year old granddaughter have less rights than me at 13.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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