With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 49 years of federally-protected abortion rights are gone. What’s left is an extremely uncertain, and patchwork landscape of rights depending on the state and what party controls its government.
Currently, Pennsylvania is a state where abortion will remain available per Governor Tom Wolf, who has rejected vetoed efforts from the state’s Republican-backed legislature to put similar measures in place as those now viable in Mississippi, Texas, and a number of other conservative-controlled states. However, that could change come 2023 should Republican governor candidate Doug Mastriano win over Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro.
Both reacted on polar opposite ends of the spectrum, with one rejoicing over the decision on Facebook, while the other released a somber statement. It was the same for Democrats and Republicans across Pennsylvania