Rep. Herrin’s Statement on the Potential Overturning of Roe v. Wade

While not an official ruling, the draft decision coming out of the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade is a deeply concerning attack on reproductive freedom. It is part of a concerted, decades-long effort by a minority of people to overturn legal precedent and interfere with a woman’s ability to make personal health decisions.

History has made it very clear: A sole focus on criminalizing abortion will never end it. This draft ruling instead threatens the most vulnerable and marginalized women in our society, forcing their life decisions and putting them at risk.

I have long been a proponent of making sure abortion is safe, legal, and rare. By creating a culture of life after birth – a society that provides affordable early childhood education, quality public education for every child, affordable college tuition, essential healthcare, accessible family planning/contraceptive services to all women, and a minimum wage that allows full-time workers to put a roof over their children’s heads and food on their table – we can support women and children while making abortion rare.

In my first year and a half as a legislator, there has been no authentic attempt by the state's legislative majority to even begin to create such a culture of life in Pennsylvania. And I have voted against many harmful, demeaning, and restrictive Republican bills aiming to restrict reproductive choice. If not for our current Governor, those harmful bills would now be law.

We cannot go backwards. We must do everything in our power to have compassion for women who face such difficult life circumstances and challenges, and we must simultaneously work toward a more civil, equal society.