How Pa. lawmakers, elected officials, and U.S. Senate hopefuls reacted to Texas abortion ban

A Texas abortion ban, considered one of the strictest in the country, went into effect Wednesday

By: - September 1, 2021 4:19 pm

Protesters at the Supreme Court in March 2020, when the justices were hearing arguments in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. Robin Bravender/States Newsroom

This story was updated at 9:41 a.m. on 9/2/21 with additional comments.

A Texas law that would ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to act on an emergency request to stop it, the New York Times and other news organizations reported. It is the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, and it sent shockwaves throughout the abortion rights community.

On Wednesday, as the law took effect, lawmakers, state and federal officials and candidates for office weighed in the Texas law and its implications for Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion.

Here’s how Pennsylvania lawmakers, organizations and candidates reacted:

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd:

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th:

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th, District:

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District: 

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th, District: 

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District: 

Gov. Tom Wolf

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny:

State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware:

The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate:

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh:

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia:

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District: 

Lt. Gov.  John Fetterman: 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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