Session: 2021-2022

ACLU-PA Position: Opposes

SB 956 is a proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s constitution that would deny the right to abortion care in Pennsylvania—even in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions. SB 956 would also enshrine in the state constitution an existing law prohibiting public insurance coverage of abortion care. If approved by Pennsylvania voters, this amendment would pre-empt any state court from protecting abortion care. Without the protection of state courts, especially in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn federal protection of abortion rights, abortion access could be drastically restricted, criminalized, or banned entirely in Pennsylvania.

Check the bill's status here.


Senator Judy Ward



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