In the aftermath of the Texas decision to restrict access to medication abortions nationwide, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro recently launched a website for reproductive health care resources to provide facts and information.
The new site serves to remind Pennsylvanians that the Texas ruling does not affect residents or non-residents seeking to access abortion services.
“Your rights and freedoms here in Pennsylvania have not changed – you can get a safe, legal medication abortion using mifepristone in our commonwealth,” Shapiro said in a statement. “As your governor, I believe decisions on reproductive care are to be made between women and their doctors, not extremist politicians, or radical court rulings.”
Shapiro called the Texas judge’s attempt to restrict access to medication abortions as an attack on a woman’s right to choose.
“This is about protecting our freedoms,” Shapiro stated, “and I won’t back down from that fight.”
The new website is designed to aid those seeking reproductive health care services, regardless of where they live in Pennsylvania or if they are arriving from a state that restricts abortion access.
Shapiro said his administration is exploring options to keep medication abortion accessible, expand access to reproductive care, and safeguard freedom of choice. The latter includes defending abortion access as a party to the recent federal court ruling in Washington state under Attorney General Michelle Henry.
Those accessing the Shapiro Administration’s new site can find information regarding medication abortions along with in-clinic procedure abortions. The website launched days after a Northern District of Texas judge reversed the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of an abortion pill regimen consisting of mifepristone followed by misoprostol.
FDA approval of the two-step process dated back decades and is used today in more than 50% of abortions. Medication abortions often use the two-step process, and the medications can be obtained at abortion clinics, pharmacies, or by mail.
A federal judge in Washington state ruled in a different case that Pennsylvania is party to, that mifepristone is safe and effective. The judge ordered the FDA to preserve the status quo and retain access to the drug in the 17 states and Washington, D.C. that are behind the second lawsuit.
Shapiro joined a Reproductive Freedom Alliance with 20 other governors in February, safeguarding abortion access, protect abortion providers, and affirm abortion rights. Shapiro also maintained former Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order making certain that non-residents seeking abortion care in Pennsylvania can do so and not be subject to arrest or detainment at the request of another state.