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Pennsylvania State Rep. Kate Klunk: “I believe one of the universal core values of government is the protection of its citizens: born and unborn”

by | Jul 5, 2022

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

When the U.S. Supreme Court tossed Roe v. Wade into the ashbin of history, it also overturned the 1992 decision known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey. That case originated in the Commonwealth I now call home, Pennsylvania. The case was the Keystone State’s attempt to overturn Roe a generation ago.

Now a new generation of Pennsylvania  pro-life legislative leaders have come to the fore.

Among them is state Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), who decries the discredited claim that pro-life advocates are not concerned about babies once they are born.

“I believe one of the universal core values of government is the protection of its citizens: born and unborn,” Klunk said. “As co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue to promote legislation that protects the unborn while also valuing women’s health, improving children’s access to health care, supporting schooling, job training and other important programs that lead to opportunity and good quality of life for all.”

Klunk has served as a prime sponsor of the Down Syndrome Protection Act—legislation that would bar abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bill would now be law, were it not for the opposition of Pennsylvania’s staunchly pro-abortion Governor, Tom Wolf.

But there is hope that the Commonwealth’s next Governor will be one who defends the sanctity of innocent human life.

Meanwhile, Klunk is applauding the Supreme Court for righting a wrong committed in 1973 with the tragic Roe decision.

“I feel that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is prudent,” Klunk stated.  “Allowing states the autonomy to create health care laws that best fit its residents is in line with the driving principles our founders used to draft and pass the federal Constitution. I look forward to robust discussion on this issue as we consider Pennsylvania’s plans moving forward.” 

Preborn children in Pennsylvania are protected after 24 weeks gestation. The Commonwealth’s landmark Abortion Control Act also provides for parental consent, informed consent, a sex selection ban, and a 24-hour waiting period for abortion.

Meanwhile, in light of the Dobbs decision, the Speaker of the House, Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), issued the following joint statement:

“(June’s) Supreme Court ruling reestablishes the authority of states to regulate abortion. The ruling once again makes clear it is the authority of individual states to establish laws that are in the best interest of their residents.

“It is important to point out Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act remains in effect, and places firm restrictions on abortions in our Commonwealth including a ban on all late-term abortion procedures

“This ruling presents a necessary opportunity to examine our existing abortion law, and discussions around possible changes are already underway.”

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