Planned Parenthood Keystone Responds to Supreme Court Opinion Overturning the Constitutional Right to Abortion
For Immediate Release: June 24, 2022
Planned Parenthood Keystone
Warminster, Pennsylvania – Today, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade – dismantling nearly 50 years of precedent and eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. This decision will strip millions of people across the nation of the right to control their bodies and gives anti-abortion lawmakers free rein to interfere in personal health care decisions. Over half of the states in the country – 26 states - are anticipated to ban or severely restrict access to abortion following the Court’s ruling.
“Let’s be clear: abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania and this decision has made our state an access point for abortion care. Planned Parenthood Keystone has been planning for this moment. We’ve expanded abortion access in our health centers and now offer abortion via telehealth and by mail. We are growing our abortion assistance fund to ensure that patients can access care, no matter their ability to pay. We will fight like hell to make sure everyone has access to the care they need, the ability to control their own bodies, and build their own futures – no matter where they’re from.” stated Melissa Reed, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.
“This decision means that 36 million women, and more people who can become pregnant, could lose abortion access. We know what the consequences of this decision will be and who will be most affected because we’ve seen the impact play out already in states like Texas. Planned Parenthood Keystone will continue to stand with our patients, and provide the health care they need, no matter what.” Said Dr. Sarah, a Physician at Planned Parenthood Keystone.
The consequences of this catastrophic decision will fall largely on Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, people with low incomes, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and people living in rural areas – those who already face the greatest barriers to health care. While abortion will remain legal in Pennsylvania, continued state legislative attacks like Senate Bill 956, and the uncertainty of the upcoming general election, demonstrate that the right to abortion in our state is not guaranteed.
Planned Parenthood Keystone will be attending a rally at Musser Park in Lancaster at 6 pm. Even with today’s Supreme Court ruling, abortion is still legal in many parts of the country. Patients in Pennsylvania can visit ppkeystone.org or call 610-481-0481 to book an appointment. Those who need care outside of Pennsylvania can visit abortionfinder.org to find a local provider.