For Immediate Release
July 9, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Pennsylvania State Senators Advancing Constitutional Amendment on Abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly advanced a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would take away Pennsylvanians’ right to abortion care if passed. This process sidesteps Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto power, as amendments do not require the governor’s support. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Republicans across the country are making their top priority clear: putting an end to our reproductive freedom. With Roe v. Wade overturned, every state is now a battleground for our rights. The only way to put a stop to this flagrant attack on the rights of Pennsylvanians is to turn the General Assembly blue by electing a Democratic pro-choice majority. EMILYs List is outraged for Pennsylvanians and we are more committed than ever to take on this fight.
Make no mistake, reproductive freedom is on the ballot this November and who is elected will decide the future of abortion access in our country.”
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