Warminster, Pa — January 22nd is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Abortion and reproductive rights are under attack like never before. During December’s Supreme Court oral arguments on the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban, it was apparent that a majority of Supreme Court justices are prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to abortion.
On this year’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood Keystone is launching a video campaign of abortion stories. Each week a video will be released via Planned Parenthood Keystone’s social media channels with patients sharing their abortion stories. Uplifting the voices of patients and centering their personal experiences serves as a powerful reminder of what is at stake.
“This anniversary reminds us how fragile the right to an abortion is in Pennsylvania, and across the country. We’re sharing the stories of our patients – people who should be at the center of health care decisions no matter what. While lawmakers are hellbent on restricting access to health care, Planned Parenthood Keystone stands with our patients. We will continue to provide safe, legal abortion and we will fight back against any restrictions and bans that harm the people and communities we serve,” said Melissa Reed, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.
The days of legal abortion in every state may be numbered. By this summer, the Supreme Court could officially erase nearly 50 years of precedent, and allow states to dismantle abortion access or ban abortion outright. Thirty-six million people — nearly half of people of reproductive age (18-49) in the United States — could lose abortion access. Pennsylvania is extremely likely to see a significant influx of patients from States like Ohio and West Virginia, who are certain to ban or severely restrict access to abortion if Roe v Wade is overturned. And anti-abortion politicians in PA are continuing to push for harsher abortion restrictions in this state.
For more information on the video campaign, visit ppkeystone.org or follow @ppkeystone on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.