Reproductive Rights

State Lawmakers Introduce Bill Prohibiting Cooperation With Out-of-State Abortion Investigations

In an effort to ensure Pennsylvania remains a safe haven for people seeking abortion services, Democratic lawmakers have proposed a bill that would prohibit law enforcement and government entities from cooperating with another state’s abortion investigation.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to end gun violence, Friday, May 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Wolf Sues State Legislature to Stop Abortion, Voting Amendments

Wolf said the proposed abortion amendment violates privacy protections and that bundling it with four other amendments runs afoul of a rule against passing legislation that addresses multiple, unrelated topics.

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Just 2 Pennsylvania Republicans Voted in Favor of Contraceptive Rights Bill

The Right to Contraception Act passed the US House despite seven of Pennsylvania’s GOP representatives voting against it. The bill would protect the right to contraceptives through federal law.

Dr. Denise Johnson, the Acting Secretary and Physician General of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaking before the House and Senate Policy committees Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Courtesy: Pennsylvania House of Representatives).
PA Secretary of Health Talks About the Reality of Women’s Healthcare Post-Roe

In a hearing before Democratic lawmakers, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health testified to the “facts and fictions” of a post-Roe Pennsylvania and what could happen if abortion access is restricted in the state. 

US Rep. Madeleine Dean and Massachusetts congresswoman Ayanna Pressley being led away from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by an officer, July 19, 2022. (Courtesy: US Rep. Madeleine Dean)
Madeleine Dean Among Members of Congress Arrested During Abortion Rights Demonstration

US Capitol Police said 17 Democratic members of Congress were arrested outside the Supreme Court Tuesday, including Pennsylvania congresswoman Madeleine Dean.

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, on Feb. 8, 2022. (AP File Photo/Matt Rourke)
Wolf Signs Executive Order Protecting Out-of-State Patients and Abortion Providers in PA

Wolf signed an executive order Tuesday that protects out-of-state individuals seeking abortion services in the commonwealth.

State Sent. Judy Ward R-Blair speaks during a Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee hearing at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Republicans Move Closer to Restricting Abortion Access, Voter Rights, in Pennsylvania

Under cover of darkness Thursday, Senate Republicans began their systematic dismantling of reproductive and voting rights, and the powers of the governor. Their efforts continued during waking hours Friday with the passing of a series of constitutional amendments.