Governor Tom Wolf today joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro, members of the Caucus Health Women, and stakeholders to discuss the harmful effects of anti-abortion legislation proposed by the general assembly and reaffirm the commitment to protect the rights reproductive in Narberth.
“Today I am reaffirming my commitment to upholding the right of Pennsylvania people to make their own health decisions,” Governor Wolf said. “Politics does not belong to a doctor’s office and there is absolutely no place where politicians can find themselves between an individual and their doctor. It is despicable that members of the legislature are actively working to criminalize the health care decisions that individuals and their doctors need the freedom to make on their own. ”
This week, the Pennsylvania General Assembly proposed anti-election legislation, and Governor Wolf vowed to veto any anti-election legislation that would land on his desk.
The speakers at the rallies shared their perspective on the proposed legislation and reproductive rights:
“We are seeing a continued and sustained attack on the fundamental right to reproductive health care across the country and the latest attack has come here in Pennsylvania,” AG Shapiro said. “Defending the rights of Pennsylvanians in court is nothing new to my office. Throughout the Trump era, we protected reproductive health care and the right to have a legal and safe abortion. And, with enough voice that we talk and talk, this kind of extreme and reckless bills will never become law ”.
“I can tell you, from my multiple perspectives as an expert on this subject, that the elimination of reproductive choice will create a slippery slope by which the government dictates what we can and cannot do with our bodies.” , said doctor and advocate Erica Goldblatt Hyatt. “Research constantly shows that when the choice is made during pregnancy, long-term psychological health suffers. Not the health of monsters, but of the people who are often already parents, often valuable members of our community, doing the best they can “.
“I am delighted that Governor Tom Wolf is here in my hometown, Narberth,” said Vice President Mary Jo Daley, co-chair of Women’s Health Caucus. “Governor Wolf is a strong supporter of women and their reproductive rights. In Harrisburg, it has been the support of every bill that would remove these rights from women. “
“Access to abortion is part of the fundamental rights we have, as humans, over our own bodies,” said Senator Amanda Cappelletti. “Those who attack this right are unnecessarily embarrassing people who may become pregnant and echo the dangerous national tendency to attack a person’s right to bodily autonomy. Politicians must leave these decisions extremely private and “I will continue to fight against this rhetoric and any policy that harms the thinkers they can conceive.”
“It is unacceptable that it will be 2021 and that women will continue to be attacked in terms of their own personal care and beyond,” said State Representative Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., Who is co-chair of the Health Caucus of Women and member of Pennsylvania. Commission for Women. “Republican-controlled anti-election lawmakers cannot be allowed to override women’s rights while refusing to address the issues women need us to address, such as supporting mothers and their children after the birth and reduce the rising rate of maternal mortality due to lack of access to health care and other resources.I will continue to fight for the right of women to make these deeply personal and private decisions with the help of their family and doctors. and without government interference. “