PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade throws the onus on states to decide abortion rights. Elected officials in the Philadelphia area responded to the news following the ruling Friday morning.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf described Friday as “a dark day for reproductive rights in America.” But he reminds Pennsylvanians that abortion will remain legal as long as he is governor.
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“I want every Pennsylvania citizen to know that abortion services are available and unarmed under today’s ruling. To women and pregnant women in neighboring states and across the country where it has not been the case: You are safe here,” Wolf wrote in a tweet.
As long as I am governor, I pledge to protect access to abortion and reproductive health care in Pennsylvania
But we are approaching a critical electoral cycle.
I cannot stress enough how important the vote is. Elections are important.
Governor Tom Wolfe (@GovernorTomWolf) June 24, 2022
Then Wolf shared this.
“For the past 50 years, the assumption in the United States has been that the person closest to this painful decision is the one to make — not bureaucratic or political, not one-size-fits-all legislation,” Wolf said.
The ruling puts the issue directly on the ballot that comes midterm in November. It will certainly be a hot issue in the race for the governor of Pennsylvania.
The two men vying to be the next governor of the Commonwealth are polar opposites in both the way they view Friday’s Supreme Court decision and how they govern and legalize abortion access.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee for governor, held a virtual press conference following the court’s decision.
“A woman’s right to choose now depends on the state in which she lives,” Shapiro said. “Under Pennsylvania law, I want you to note that abortion remains legal, but our legislature is ready to pass a bill that would ban abortion.”
Shapiro’s opponent, the Republican candidate, Senator Doug Mastriano, released a statement that said in part, “Roe v. Wade is right in the rubble of history. As the abortion debate returns to the states, Pennsylvania must be ready to lead the nation in being a voice for the voiceless.” .
Mastriano is a proud opponent of abortion and has a video on his website in which he says “My body, my choice is absurd nonsense.”
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey called the decision to dismiss Roe v. Wade a “win-win.”
The US Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson for Women’s Health restores the ability of the American people to determine abortion laws through their elected representatives, as the Constitution requires.
Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) June 24, 2022
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson for Women’s Health restores the ability of the American people to determine abortion laws through their elected representatives, as required by the Constitution. Misidentified case law must be overturned, just as Brown v. Board of Education was right to overturn The case of Plessy v. Ferguson. This ruling is a victory for fetus, constitution and democratic governance,” Tommy wrote in a tweet.
His fellow Pennsylvania senator, Bob Casey, stands up to Tommy, saying the decision “overturns nearly half a century of legal precedent and shreds the constitutional right that generations of women have known all their lives.”
Today’s decision overturns nearly half a century of legal precedent and shreds a constitutional right that generations of women have known all their lives. This dangerous ruling will not end abortions in this country, but it will put the lives of women at risk.
Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) June 24, 2022
Lieutenant John Fetterman, who is running for a Pennsylvania seat in the US Senate against Mehmet Oz, said there was “a lot at stake” for the election in the Commonwealth due to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
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“In Pennsylvania, the governor’s registry will protect or abolish abortion rights. The stakes cannot be higher.”
In Pennsylvania, the governor’s registry will protect or abolish abortion rights.
The risks couldn’t be higher.
We must elect Tweet embed. He has been a vocal advocate of protecting abortion rights here in Pennsylvania.
There is a lot at stake.
– John Fetterman June 24, 2022
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny tweeted that he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I am deeply disappointed that Scotos has reached a decision that would reverse Roe v. Wade and make it more difficult for people to access abortion if they made the entirely personal and private decision to seek an abortion,” he wrote.
I am deeply disappointed that SCOTUS has reached a decision that would reverse Roe v. Wade and make it even more difficult for people to access abortion if they made a completely personal and private decision to seek an abortion. https://t.co/A3a1KRbuh4
– Jim #VaxUpPhilly Kenney (PhillyMayor) June 24, 2022
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner called on his peers across Pennsylvania to pledge to protect and support abortion rights after the Supreme Court ruling.
Philadelphia City Council member Kendra Brooks and the Working Families Party of Pennsylvania released a statement about the ruling that said in part:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade confirms what many of us already know, which is that our fundamental rights are under attack. The right to abortion is one of our most fundamental freedoms, and it is a right that allows us to control our bodies and the course of our lives. We know that a ban on abortion will not stop the processes of abortion. Abortion – but it will greatly limit safe access for those without the resources or means to travel for care Make no mistake – these attacks on abortion rights will disproportionately hurt women of color and those who struggle to make ends meet. It will limit the independence and agency of the working class who are already bearing the brunt of unaffordable health care, underfunded public education, a pervasive housing crisis, and a shattered social safety net.”
Congresswoman Mary Jay Scanlon said the decision was “unprecedented and will have a devastating effect across our country. It is rare in the United States for millions of Americans to wake up with fewer rights than they did the day before, but that’s exactly what the court has done here.”
Moving to the Garden State, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy codified women’s reproductive rights into law earlier this year, out of fear and anticipating the Supreme Court’s opinion on Friday.
“Today, the United States Supreme Court has made it clear in no uncertain terms that it does not value the women of our country or their ability to make their own decisions about their own bodies,” Murphy said.
On the contrary, state Senator Ed Dorr of Gloucester County was pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“We hope this is a measure that can start saving children’s lives,” said Alder.
Delaware Governor John Carney tweeted that a woman’s right to choose would be protected in the first state.
“Here in Delaware, a woman’s right to choose is protected by law, as it should be,” Carney wrote. “These are very personal and private decisions – decisions that should remain in the hands of the women who make them.”
Here in Delaware, a woman’s right to choose is protected by law, as it should be. These are very personal and private decisions – decisions that should remain in the hands of the women who make them.
– Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) June 24, 2022
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CBS3’s Siafa Lewis contributed to this report.