Harrisburg — July 12, 2022 — Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he signed an executive order that will protect Pennsylvania abortion providers facing prosecution in another state for providing individuals with reproductive health care services. The executive order comes a day after the four co-chairs of the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus along with an additional 48 state lawmakers signed a letter calling on Gov. Wolf to take this action.
WHC co-chairs Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery, Delaware), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia), and Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) issued the following statement applauding the governor’s executive order:
“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is fortunate to have a governor who has time and time again displayed a commitment to upholding access to reproductive health care. With Roe’s reversal and anti-abortion laws taking effect throughout the country, Pennsylvania is expected to see a major influx of out-of-state travelers seeking an abortion. Under no circumstances can we allow neighboring states to intimidate or charge a provider operating legally within the commonwealth’s borders with a crime. This executive order further affirms that Pennsylvania is ready and willing to fight off any actions that seek to restrict access to abortion and reproductive health care. We thank Gov. Wolf for heeding our call for action and for moving quickly and decisively to protect Pennsylvania’s abortion providers.”