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Abortion bill heads to Gov. Wolf for veto
December 13, 2017
A controversial bill to restrict abortion rights in Pennsylvania is heading to Gov. Wolf, opening the door for a showdown between him and the Republican-controlled legislature.

Wolf, a Democrat, has promised to veto the bill, calling it “the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country” and “an assault on the doctor-patient relationship by politicians without medical or health expertise.”
‘It’s Unthinkable': Pennsylvania Lawmakers Fast-Track ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Choice Bill
December 12, 2017
Kelsey Williams said she knew something was wrong when the technician called a doctor during what should have been a routine 20-week ultrasound.

Her world crashed on that February day when the doctor informed her that the fetus had clubbed hands, feet, and severe deformities. He was not moving and would not be able to develop normally.
Welcome to the Culture Wars: PA. House Panel Approves Restrictive Abortion Ban
December 5, 2017
So this is what it looks like when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives decides that it really wants to do something.
On Monday evening, under cover of darkness and without a public hearing, the House Health Committee voted along party lines to send the full House a bill banning abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy; outlawing
Tyler Titus wins seat to become first transgender person elected in Pennsylvania
November 8, 2017
Tyler Titus, a candidate for Erie School Board, on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania.

The 33-year-old father of two boys successfully campaigned for one of four open seats on the board.
AG sues Trump, administration over new birth control policy
October 12, 2017
Pointing to new rules denying women contraception coverage that had been available under the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued President Donald Trump and his administration Wednesday.
Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on How Dangerous Graham-Cassidy Is for Women
September 22, 2017
After lord-knows-how-many failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans are back at it again. This time they're trying to crash in the Graham-Cassidy bill before next week's budget reconciliation deadline—a health care bill numerous experts are calling the worst one yet. MarieClaire.com spoke with Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, about the latest legislation. Her take: "It's terrifying for women."
Gov. Wolf and his wife helped launch a Planned Parenthood initiative
September 21, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife, Frances, have long supported Planned Parenthood, including, years ago, serving as patient escorts for women going to the clinic.

The state leaders again showed their commitment to the health care services agency on Tuesday, when they attended a Planned Parenthood-sponsored community forum at Montgomery County Community College.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick calls for more civility during town hall
August 23, 2017
When it comes to disagreeing with President Donald Trump, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has voiced his opposition on an issue-by-issue basis such as immediately calling for a domestic terrorism investigation into the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and criticizing Trump's response on Twitter.
The Epic Reason Philly Runners Will Be Gathering at City Hall This Saturday
August 10, 2017
It’s a big weekend for Philly runners, folks! There’s the Philly Mayor’s Cup going down throughout the day on Saturday, and then on Saturday afternoon, 15 ladies from Run 4 All Women’s Pennsylvania chapter will be embarking on their epic 115-mile run from Philly’s City Hall all the way to freakin’ Harrisburg.
Senate Health Bill Reels as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured
June 27, 2017
The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was edging toward collapse on Monday after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026.