EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — A bill that’s moving forward in the State Senate could possibly put a ban on abortions in the commonwealth. It’s a bill that ultimately could be decided by Pennsylvania voters.
State Bill 956 is making its way through Harrisburg would let voters decide whether taxpayer dollars can be used for elective abortions.
Democrats see it as the latest attempt to strip away abortion rights. But Republicans, who control the committees, disagree.
“The constitution should protect all individuals including individuals in their mothers’ wombs,” said Senator Scott Hutchinson, Republican, 21st District.
“This is about controlling women and childbearing individuals to the utmost and making sure we have no say over what happens to our bodies,” said Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Democrat, 17th District
Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement: “I have vetoed three of those bills placed on my desk for signature and vowed to veto the rest. Yet, members continue to advance additional legislation that would restrict access to abortions in the commonwealth.”
Eyewitness News spoke with people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania who remain divided on the controversial issue.
“I don’t believe any religion should get involved because it’s your choice. As a woman in this day and age, it’s your choice and you should be able to do whatever you want with your body,” said Joseph Smith, Wilkes-Barre.
Another question raised is who pays for it?
“I think it should be an individual thing. I don’t think taxpayers should have to pay for that. Especially if you don’t believe in that,” Smith explained.
Jessica Turnitza is from Schuylkill County and is currently in nursing school. She disagrees, saying it is all a part of healthcare.
“We focus on autonomy. Patients should be able to make their own decision and we should be able to support them any way we can. So, if that’s something they want to do for their own body, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” said Jessica Turnitz, Cumbola.
With any controversial bill, comes specific wording. To read Senate Bill 956 in its entirety click here.