The Pennsylvania March For Life brought an estimated 5,000 anti-abortion activists to the state capital on Monday to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade and call for voters to elect pro-life candidates.
Every speaker, including several state lawmakers, noted the impact that the Supreme Court’s decision has had on the national debate and the opening to do more, including a national abortion ban.
“We cannot take our momentum for granted. This is not a time to let up,” said Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). “In the next several months, the men, the women on this stage, those in Washington, will likely find ourselves in some of the most important pro-life debates and votes that we likely will ever have the opportunity to make.”
“This fight for me is about my daughter,” said Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester). “We can’t allow our daughters and our children to think about a future where they might end up back here again.”
“It’s vital that we do everything in our power to protect abortion access at the state level — now more than ever,” said Rep. Jessica Benham (D-Allegheny). “With this new package of legislation, we’re fighting to reinforce access to lifesaving health care and to keep the government out of every Pennsylvanian’s health care decisions.”
Abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania, but speakers at the March for Life encouraged people to vote for anti-abortion candidates this November, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.
“We are still talking about life, it’s the single most important issue I think in our lifetime, and so Pennsylvania, we’re at a crossroads,” Mastriano said at the rally.
Mastriano has said he will sign the Heartbeat bill into law, end funding to Planned Parenthood, and expand counseling for adoption services. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro has said he would veto any anti-abortion bill he believes Mastriano would sign.