Mar. 26, 2021

Commonwealth Court rules public funds cannot fund abortions

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled today to uphold previous court rulings and restrict the use of public funds to pay for abortion procedures except under very specific circumstances. In response Pennsylvania’s House Republican Leadership team issued the following statement:

“Pennsylvania’s courts have been consistent for decades that medical assistance dollars and other publicly funded programs should not fund abortion procedures. This policy is consistent with existing federal law as well. We applaud the Commonwealth Court for making the right decision and not taking an action to rewrite existing law.

“This case was brought forward by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers who want to make abortions more prevalent in our communities. This ruling in our favor is a victory for all pro-life Pennsylvanians.”

House Republican Leaders are Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Appropriations Chair Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), Majority Whip Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), Caucus Chair Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), Policy Committee Chair Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean/Cameron/Potter), Caucus Administrator Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour) and Caucus Secretary Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia).

House Republican Leaders
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House Republican Leaders Applaud Consistent Court Ruling