Working to make medically safe legal abortion an option for any woman or teen who requests one is among my most important priorities. I believe in making abortion affordable and accessible and in reducing the need for abortion by improving access to birth control and teaching young people to make responsible sexual choices.
The fight for reproductive freedom is what originally drew me into political activism and eventually inspired me to run for office in the early eighties. I co-founded the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League and the Clara Bell Duval Fund which served as the educational and informational arm of state effort until it became affiliated with the Pennsylvania ACLU.
And we are still fighting to keep abortion safe and legal. We can never go back to the days of back alley abortions. Contraception must also be available for women (and men) who want to use it. Here in Pennsylvania, we are a lot closer to going back to the dark ages than you might think: 82 percent of Pennsylvania counties have no abortion provider. Currently our governor is anti-choice and the General Assembly is run by anti-choice majorities in both the House and Senate.
The Commonwealth has enacted every possible restriction on abortion services including biased counseling and mandatory delay, a counseling ban/gag rule, insurance prohibition for abortion, public facilities restrictions, a refusal to provide medical services, parental consent for minors, restrictions for low income women, and targeted regulations of abortion providers.
I have fought each and every one of these restrictions, and I will continue to do so. I will never back down.