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Pennsylvania Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 05:14 PM

Pennsylvania remains a conservative stronghold regarding abortion laws where most surrounding states have lenient approaches to the issue. Pennsylvania and neighboring Ohio and Virginia have some of the tightest restrictions on abortion.

However, Pennsylvania’s bordering states of New York and New Jersey have no major types of restrictions on abortion, including no waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or public funding for abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act of 1989 was an attempt to limit abortions allowed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade in 1973, which legalized abortion in the country. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania challenged the law. The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in that case in 1992, but allowed states to limit access to abortion, which has since included such regulations as parental notification for minors who want an abortion and public funding restrictions, FindLaw noted.

Pennsylvania, like Ohio and Virginia, requires parental notification and limits public funding for abortions to cases that involve life endangerment, rape or incest. The same limits pertain to insurance policies for public employees in Pennsylvania. For health plans under the Affordable Care Act, abortion coverage is only allowed for life endangerment, rape or incest, but optional riders are available at additional costs.

Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia also require state-directed counseling for women intending to have an abortion, which may discourage women from having an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Women must then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.

Nearby Maryland only has parental notification in the case of a minor. Delaware also has parental notification and limits public funding to cases of endangering life, rape or incest.

Pennsylvania’s strict abortion laws have sparked criticism from pro-choice groups, which also object to the regulations in neighboring Ohio and Virginia. The three states received F grades from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which rates states based on their leniency toward abortion rights.

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Maryland received an A grade from NARAL while New York and New Jersey each had A- ratings. They were followed by West Virginia with a B- and Delaware with a C grade.

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