Facts over Fear: How we protect abortion rights in Pennsylvania

Produced By: - January 26, 2024 2:37 pm

Will Pennsylvania become a more welcoming or a more restrictive state when it comes to abortion and reproductive rights?

Right now abortion is legal in Pennsylvania up to 24 weeks and the current governor supports abortion rights. But that doesn’t mean future governors will. And we know how things can change.

I mean, we should be celebrating the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week. But we all know what happened there.

So now it’s up to the states.

In Pennsylvania, there is an effort by some Democratic lawmakers to have abortion rights added to the state Constitution, so that a future governor or legislature wouldn’t be able to take those rights away so easily.

Any changes to the constitution have to go through two consecutive sessions, so it’s not happening this year. But supporters of reproductive rights say they will keep pushing.

Meanwhile an urgent reproductive issue is before the state Supreme Court. Judges are considering a case that could reverse Pennsylvania’s Medicaid abortion coverage ban. That ruling could come at any time and that ban may finally be lifted.

How you ask? Voters just elected a judge who supports abortion rights to an open seat, allowing Democrats to keep the majority on the bench.

See how important it is to vote?

Whether it’s for a judge, a governor, a state rep, or a referendum, building democratic power in Pennsylvania is the best way to preserve our freedoms, reproductive or otherwise.

And that, my friends, is a fact.

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Natalie Bencivenga
Natalie Bencivenga

Natalie Bencivenga is a socially conscious journalist and hosts a weekly show on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Follow her on Instagram at NatalieBencivenga.

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