Governor Wolf: “Abortion is and will remain legal in Pennsylvania”

This underscores the importance of the 2022 governor's race if you want abortion to stay legal in PA.
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Governor Tom Wolf is the last line of defense against Republican anti-choice zealots in the state legislature.

Last night Politico released a leaked draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito which strikes down the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, and calls it “egregiously wrong from the start.” 

Politico reported that Alito and the rest of the Conservative members of the court want to “return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” meaning that a woman’s right to choose would be left to the states to decide. 

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito wrote.

Fortunately for Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf responded quickly, assuring that abortion “is and will remain legal in Pennsylvania.” 

He reminded voters that the leaked majority opinion was not yet official, and even if SCOTUS does strike down Roe, he vowed to veto any anti-abortion or anti-choice legislation coming from Harrisburg. 

This underscores the importance of the governor’s race in Pennsylvania, where Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro will face off against an anti-abortion Republican.

All “nine Republicans vying in the May 17 primary election support limiting or completely banning abortions in the state.” If one of them wins in the fall, it is likely that women’s reproductive rights will be rolled back in Pennsylvania, to pre Roe v. Wade days, at least.

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Amy Knecht

Amy Knecht is a local writer, activist and student of American history. She occasionally guest hosts Raging Chicken Press's The Friday Show with Kevin Mahoney discussing local school boards and PA politics.