On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court made the drastic decision to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade allowing each state to independently create any laws that regulate or completely ban abortion services.
Our mission at PSR PA is to safeguard and improve public health with our focus being on the climate crisis, environmental degradation, and violence prevention. We do not normally take a stance on issues outside of our focus area, but in the wake of this decision which will particularly affect the health of poor, working people, and people of color, we must make our voice heard.
PSR PA strongly condemns the SCOTUS decision. This ruling carries terrifying and–in many cases–life-threatening consequences for people across Pennsylvania and the country. Access to comprehensive healthcare is a cornerstone of one’s safety and wellbeing. Restricting a person’s ability to access such services threatens innumerable individual health and public health harms. We strongly support the health professionals who are dedicated to protecting the health of their patients and are now at risk themselves in the midst of providing critical services to their patient communities.