Filadelfia - 26 de julio de 2022 - Hoy, el Caucus de Salud de la Mujer llevó a cabo su segunda audiencia conjunta con los Comités de Política Demócrata de la Cámara y el Senado sobre el acceso al aborto en Pensilvania después de Roe. La audiencia se celebró en el Centro Comunitario William Way y contó con el testimonio de la Dra. Aasta Mehta del Departamento de Salud de Filadelfia y Signe Espinoza, Directora Ejecutiva de Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Céshia Elmore, Organizadora Comunitaria de New Voices for Reproductive Justice, y la Dra. Sarah Gutman de la Universidad de Medicina de Pennsylvania. 

La copresidenta de la WHC, la representante Morgan Cephas, pronunció el discurso de apertura de la audiencia y destacó la amenaza que se cierne sobre el acceso al aborto en Pensilvania. Ella dijo que la audiencia de hoy se trataba de entender cómo el acceso al aborto puede ser protegido y ampliado en Pennsylvania. 

“We have a Republican Caucus in Harrisburg that is looking to ban abortion across the commonwealth as quickly as they can,” said Rep. Cephas. “That’s going to require us to stay steadfast and focus on factual information about how limiting abortion access continuously increases health risks to mothers and birthing people.”

“The Supreme Court decision on abortion has created confusion for people capable of pregnancy across the country,” said WHC co-chair Rep. Mary Jo Daley. “It is important that Pennsylvanians know that abortion care is still safe and legal and that our doors are open for people needing an abortion to come to our state. The second policy hearing in post-Roe Pennsylvania brings together health care providers and advocates for pregnant people to discuss the future of abortion care in Pennsylvania.”

“Abortion is still safe and legal in Pennsylvania, but we have a lot of work to do when it comes to expanding reproductive healthcare access in the commonwealth,” said WHC co-chair Sen. Amanda Cappelletti. “Many women and child-bearing individuals already face barriers when it comes to accessing healthcare, such as maternity healthcare deserts and hospital closures, and the access to abortion care remains inaccessible for many individuals across the commonwealth. We must protect the right to bodily autonomy and provide greater accessibility.”

“These hearings are just one way we can continue to keep this issue front and center,” said WHC co-chair Sen. Judy Schwank. “It’s important that we do everything in our power to communicate where abortion access stands in Pennsylvania right now and where we are headed if people don’t stay engaged. The testimony we’ve heard so far makes it clear that stripping away abortion access away from Pennsylvanians is not in the best interest of this commonwealth.”

The first post-Roe Pennsylvania hearing took place on Julio 19 in Harrisburg and featured testimony from Pennsylvania’s Acting Physician General Denise Johnson. The next hearing will take place in Pittsburgh on Agosto 11. 

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