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SB 956: No Right to Abortion Constitutional Amendment

Since 2014, legislators all over the country—including here in Pennsylvania—have embarked on a systematic campaign to weaken the protections in Roe and end abortion access throughout the United States. The No Right to Abortion Constiutional Amendment is the most extreme and dangerous attempt yet.

  • If passed and later approved at the ballot, this bill would make it much easier for the state to ban or severely restrict abortion if Roe was ever overturned. With a direct challenge to Roe in front of the Supreme Court, right now is the time for us to strengthen our commitment to reproductive health care, not strip away fundamental rights from Pennyslvanians.
  • This addition to our constitution could impact more than just abortion–this would make it the policy of the state to “protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth”—that could have implications for contraception, IVF, and even whether or not a pregnant person gets to make their own medical decisions about how they give birth.
  • This is not just a legislative proposal, this is about changing our constitution. We should not let extreme, anti-abortion legislators influence our rights and state laws in this way. 
  • The proponents of this bill want to write their own personal beliefs into our state constitution, regardless of what it will mean for people and their families across Pennsylvania. 
  • This amendment would enshrine discrimination into the Pennsylvania constitution—allowing the State to treat a person differently and limit their access to health care options just because they are pregnant or low income.

Top FAQs

  • What are constitutional amendments?
    • Constitutional amendments are amendments (or changes) to our state constitution.
  • How do constitutional amendments pass?
    • Our state constitution may only be amended if a proposed change receives a majority vote within two consecutive legislative sessions, and then it must be approved by voters (YOU) via a ballot measure (the questions you see on the ballot where you vote by selecting “yes” or a “no). 
  • Can the governor veto constitutional amendments?
    • No, constitutional amendments cannot be vetoed by the Governor.