Female Pennsylvania Lawmakers React to Roe v. Wade Opinion

Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware County (CREDIT: PA House of Representatives)

By Patrick Berkery

May 3, 2022

The women serving Pennsylvanians in Harrisburg and Washington didn’t hold back after news broke that the Supreme Court had drafted an opinion to ban Roe v. Wade.

With the future of reproductive rights in the US already in danger, the news Monday that the Supreme Court had drafted an opinion to ban Roe v. Wade was unsettling.

The draft opinion basically states there is no constitutional right to abortion services and would allow states to more heavily regulate or outright ban abortions.

For now, there is no danger of that happening in Pennsylvania, with Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto pen at the ready.

But if the GOP maintains control of the state legislature and one of the four Republican frontrunners for governor –  former congressman Lou Barletta, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (Franklin), lawyer Bill McSwain, and businessman and former Delaware County councilman Dave White – defeat Josh Shapiro in November, the possibility of abortion being severely restricted if not altogether outlawed in the commonwealth becomes very real.

State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Delaware) took to social media to underscore the importance of Josh Shapiro winning in November:

State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) echoed that sentiment:

US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon implored her colleagues in the US Senate to do their part for reproductive rights and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act:

And US Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) vowed to keep up the fight for reproductive rights:


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