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DJOP statement by Jill Zipin, Chair, June 24, 2022 regarding today’s US Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. WadeDJOP statement by Jill Zipin, Chair, June 24, 2022 regarding today’s US Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade

“The board members of Democratic Jewish Outreach PA (DJOP) believe that every Pennsylvanian who values the rights of women should be outraged that the US Supreme Court, for the first time in its history, has withdrawn a constitutionally protected right recognized for nearly a half century — the right for women to be free of government interference in important health care decisions that properly should remain between her, her family and her doctor.

“It is the height of deceit that Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett used the word ’precedent’ in their nomination testimony, but at the first opportunity voted against Roe vs. Wade.

“We are not surprised, but this decision leaves us more committed than ever to electing Josh Shapiro as Governor, Austin Davis as Lt. Governor and John Fetterman to the US Senate. If the Pennsylvania legislature remains under Republican control, the election of Shapiro, Davis and Fetterman will be our only means of protecting the rights of women and the rights of others who might come under attack from this regressive Supreme Court majority.

“The impact of today’s decision will fall most heavily on poor women in Republican-controlled states, where legislators will move swiftly to ban abortion, sometimes without exception.

“We Pennsylvanians cannot afford to be complacent. Republican-dominated legislators hardly can wait to pass legislation to seriously restrict abortion in the Commonwealth. They are poised to act. If the legislature stays Republican, only the veto pen of a Democratic governor will stand between a draconian anti-abortion law and the rights of women in Pennsylvania. This makes the election of Nov. 2022 critically important.”

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