Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf renewed his vow to veto any legislation that infringes on the rights of women to make their own healthcare choices, including abortion. The affirmation comes in the wake of the approval of legislation in Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama, and as the Pennsylvania legislature is advancing a new abortion ban.
“Reproductive freedom is under assault across America. The right for women to make their own health care decisions is being corrupted by politicians pushing a cynical and dangerous political agenda,” Governor Wolf said. “These bills are an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care. Horrifyingly, in multiple states, the legislation seeks to destroy abortion rights for victims of the horrors of rape and incest.
“Let me be clear: I will veto any attempt by politicians to insert themselves in the doctor-patient relationship and ban abortion. From Alabama to Georgia to Ohio to Pennsylvania, women deserve better from their elected leaders. The lack of respect for vulnerable women is stunning. I stand with women in Pennsylvania, and across America, who just want these politicians to give them the privacy and freedom that they deserve.”
Gov. Wolf is the first governor in America who served as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort. In 2017, he vetoed a bill that would have criminalized abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest, health, or tragic fetal anomalies and banned a common procedure used by doctors.