Pennsylvania pro-life leaders are calling out a ridiculous new pledge from a Democrat lawmaker that calls for adding what amounts to more than 150 new abortion facilities across the state.
The “pledge to protect and expand abortion” comes from state Rep. Elizabeth Fielder, D-Philadelphia, and asks lawmakers to join her in working to expand abortion facilities, support taxpayer-funded abortions, end parental consent laws and more, according to the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
“Pennsylvania voters are now realizing just how extreme many Democrat politicians are in pushing abortion — even at the expense women’s health,” organization president Michael Geer said in a statement. “This radical abortion pledge prioritizes special interest groups, certainly not the health and well-being of Pennsylvania women and families.”
Among other things, the pledge calls for developing new “abortion clinics in any municipality with CPCs,” or crisis pregnancy centers.
According to the Pennsylvania Family Institute, that amounts to more than 150 new abortion facilities in Pennsylvania, because pregnancy centers outnumber abortion facilities by more than nine to one.
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Another goal in the pledge would end funding for these pregnancy centers, which help thousands of pregnant and parenting mothers and babies every year across the state. These nonprofit organizations provide free counseling, pregnancy tests, diapers, cribs, maternity clothes and more.
Geer said the pledge shows just how extreme pro-abortion politicians have become. Abortion activists now openly promote abortions and work to end support for women who choose life for their babies.
Other goals in the pledge include ending bans on taxpayer-funded abortions and mail-order abortion drugs, ending parental consent for minors and mandating sex education in all schools. It also calls for “codifying the right to an abortion” in the state constitution, which would allow abortions for basically any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute described the pledge as an “abortion wish-list” for the billion-dollar abortion industry – one “that would be incredibly harmful to families across Pennsylvania.”
More than 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Pennsylvania every year. Abortions are legal up to 24 weeks, but the state does have some restrictions in place, including a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions, parental consent, a 24-hour waiting period and informed consent.
Pro-abortion groups are challenging these restrictions in court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Wednesday.
Polls consistently show Americans support strong legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester. Strong majorities also support parental consent laws and oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute pointed to recent pro-life and pro-abortion rallies at the state Capitol that indicate Pennsylvanians support protections for unborn babies, too. The Pennsylvania March for Life drew an estimated 6,000 pro-lifers on Sept. 19, compared to less than 100 abortion supporters at two rallies Sept. 20 and Oct. 24 in Harrisburg.
“The abortion lobby will claim the pro-life movement is just a small minority. But the camera cannot lie. PA’s pro-life movement is alive and well,” the organization wrote on Twitter, showing photos of the three rallies.
Media outlets might spin this as: “The pro-abortion crowds grew by 33% in just one month!”
The abortion lobby will claim the pro-life movement is just a small minority.
— Pennsylvania Family Council (@PFIpolicy) October 25, 2022