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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he plans to protect abortion in America after the Supreme Court affirmed the authenticity of a leaded draft opinion on overturning the Roe v. Wade decision.
Today, I am angry,” said Wolf during a press conference. “The right to bodily autonomy is under attack. Overturning Roe v. Wade isn’t about preserving life. It’s about exerting control. I don’t think it’s possible to overemphasize the seismic shift this represents in America’s approach to privacy, to personal autonomy, to health care rights. I stand today assuring Pennsylvanians that abortion access and reproductive health care will remain legal and safe as long as I am governor.”
A press release from the governor’s office said that Wolf is among 16 other state governors calling for the immediate passage of the Women’s Health and Protection Act. If passed, access to abortion across the country would be protected and take any additional or necessary steps to re-create protections that existed under Roe.
The governor also said pro-choice Pennsylvanians should push for change by voting.
“We must do more to protect the rights of women and pregnant people in Pennsylvania and in every state across the country that doesn’t have a governor willing to wield their veto pen,” said Wolf. “This is a critical election cycle here in Pennsylvania and nationwide. To Pennsylvanians and citizens everywhere, your vote matters. Your vote is the difference between extremists rolling back Americans’ rights and a future where Pennsylvanians have the right to make their own health care decisions.”