Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf encouraged state agencies to use tax dollars to promote the killing of unborn babies in abortions Tuesday in an executive order.
Wolf’s order mirrors those of many other Democrat governors in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24. Among other things, his order directs state agencies to “consider” steps to “inform the public about reproductive health care.”
The Pennsylvania Family Institute slammed Wolf for his pro-abortion extremism, noting his call for “providing comprehensive information about the current cost and availability” of aborting an unborn baby “in a manner that is easily accessed and understood by the public.”
“Just as Pennsylvanians do not want their tax dollars paying for abortions, they also do not want government, through the use of tax dollars, advertising and promoting abortion,” said Michael Geer, president of the pro-life organization. “Pennsylvanians should not be forced into subsidizing the marketing plan for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry with taxpayer funds.”
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Pennsylvania bans taxpayer funding for abortions. However, abortions are legal for basically any reason up to 24 weeks, and Wolf repeatedly has vetoed legislation to protect unborn babies – something he bragged about in his executive order.
To thwart other pro-life states’ efforts, Wolf also told state agencies not to use time, money or other resources to help investigate or prosecute abortionists who break other states’ pro-life laws. He said he will refuse requests to arrest or extradite abortionists accused of breaking other states’ pro-life laws.
Wolf also mentioned “protecting” women who have abortions from punishment, but pro-life laws do not punish women and the pro-life movement opposes such measures.
“Here in Pennsylvania, I will not stand for this attack on women and pregnant people,” Wolf said in a statement. “By signing this executive order, I am affirming that individuals seeking and providing reproductive health services are safe in the commonwealth from discipline and prosecution. Everyone, whether a resident of Pennsylvania or elsewhere, deserves access to health care.”
More than 32,000 unborn babies are aborted in Pennsylvania every year, and yet Wolf wants more, said Bonnie Finnerty, education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
“Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania to become an abortion magnet,” Finnerty said. “We already have over 32,000 abortions a year in the Commonwealth, equating to five kindergarten classes lost each and every day. Rather than pushing for even more abortion …, we should concentrate on providing compassionate care and tangible support for pregnant women in need and their vulnerable children.”
Wolf’s order is similar to those issued by a number of other pro-abortion Democrat governors in recent weeks. They include the governors in Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, Rhode Island and Washington state.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions in the U.S. The infamous ruling forced states to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allowed abortions for any reason up to birth.
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling June 24, the Supreme Court justices overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Thirteen already have done so, although some have been blocked by court orders, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states may ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.