Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

House members sponsoring HB 972 are the same legislators trying to ban abortion in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Today, the Pennsylvania House Education Committee is hosting a public hearing on HB 972, a transphobic bill that would ban transgender student-athletes from playing in women’s sports. The legislators behind this bill are the same legislators trying to ban abortion across the state.

The ultimate goal of HB 972 is to invalidate and ignore the reality of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) identities. Over 100 bills have been introduced across the country targeting the transgender community — making it the worst year in modern history for anti-transgender legislation.

“We know HB 972 has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with transphobic legislators trying to legislate how transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people should be treated,” said Signe Espinoza, PPPA Interim Executive Director. “The same legislators trying to invalidate and ignore the reality of TGNC identities are the same legislators trying to ban abortion. At a time when we need our legislature to show up for resilient communities, legislators are proposing bills that strip us of our dignity and access to care.”

The bottom line is simple: transgender kids should be treated with dignity and respect. Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) opposes HB 972 and any harmful legislation targeting the TGNC community.

Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto HB 972 if it makes it to his desk.




Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) exists to create a Pennsylvania where sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is accessible, affordable, and affirming for all. We achieve this, in partnership with the 3 Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, through electoral and advocacy campaigns, lobbying, and organizing.


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.