Lawyers representing the abortion industry are seeking to strike down Pennsylvania’s long-standing ban on taxpayer funding of abortion.
The attorneys filed a brief with the PA Supreme Court, asking the High Court to abolish the Keystone State’s ban on Medicaid abortion funding in a case called Allegheny Reproductive Health Center v. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Not only does Big Abortion want Pennsylvania taxpayers to foot the bill for abortion. The abortion industry is also calling on the state Supreme Court to establish a so-called right to abortion under the PA Constitution.
This plea by abortion businesses flies in the face of precedent. Back in 1985, the PA Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid funding ban was Constitutional in the case Fischer v. Department of Public Welfare. The abortion industry is brazenly calling for a court order which would overrule that common sense court decision.
In addition to launching taxpayer funding of abortion, Big Abortion wants abortion recognized as a “fundamental right” under the Pennsylvania Constitution. This is despite the fact that there is nothing in the text of the PA Constitution that recognizes that right. Nor is there anything in the history or traditions of our Commonwealth that supports a right to abortion. In fact, abortion was banned in Pennsylvania prior to and at the time of the adoption of the constitutional provisions that are now relied upon by Big Abortion to claim that such a right exists.
Pennsylvania law states that “since it is the public policy of the Commonwealth to favor childbirth over abortion, no Commonwealth funds and no Federal funds which are appropriated by the Commonwealth shall be expended by any State or local government agency for the performance of abortion…”
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National public opinion polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars to pay for abortion—the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life.
Furthermore, Medicaid-funded abortions represent an egregious exploitation of the poor. Such a policy does not address the true needs of low-income women, but rather simply provides them with a cold-hearted offer to abort their precious offspring. It is also highly discriminatory, with minority women disproportionately represented among the low-income population.
The PA Commonwealth Court previously ruled against the abortion industry in the case, saying abortion operations lacked standing and that the 1985 state Supreme Court decision should hold.
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation intends to file an amicus brief calling on the state Supreme Court to reaffirm its prior well-reasoned decision in Fischer and to uphold the Commonwealth Court’s decision.
LifeNews.com Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.