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Access to Abortion

Planned Parenthood believes every woman should have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion.

Our primary goal is prevention — reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.  While teen pregnancy rates continue to decline, the number of repeat teen birth rates remains high and we still have a lot of work to do. That’s why it is important that every woman have access to affordable birth control, but at the same time, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider — not to politicians.

In Pennsylvania

The Abortion Control Act of 1989 was spearheaded and signed into law by Governor Bob Casey (whose son is now our US Senator, Bob Casey, Jr.) and five of its provisions were immediately challenged in court by Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. This landmark case came to be known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In the US Supreme Court, the majority decision upheld Roe v. Wade but also four of the five restrictions; striking down only the spousal notification clause of the law but upholding informed consent of the patient, parental consent for minors, the 24-hour waiting period, and some aspects of the reporting requirements for health care providers. Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act set the trend for abortion legislation across the United States.

Please visit our Legislation page to find out about recently passed and pending attack son access to abortion.

More Information

For more information about Access to Abortion, you can also visit Planned Parenthood Action Fund.