AP News: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade: States Can Ban Abortions
AP News: Live updates: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
ABC News: Where Abortion Stands in Your State
Department of Education: Title IX & Pregnancy Protections
Statement from Leigh Chapman, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Department of State (Department) is providing this communication to clarify the current regulatory environment for licensees that have been approved by the Department to offer abortion services in the commonwealth.
Services provided by reproductive health care providers, including abortions, remains safe and legal in Pennsylvania. The Department’s oversight of licensees approved to offer abortion services is not changing as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. Similarly, the state statutory and regulatory requirements for the provision of abortion services that are under the Department of Health’s jurisdiction also remain unchanged. Those requirements include the following statutes and regulations: the Abortion Control Act, 18 Pa. C.S. §§ 3201-3220 and 28 Pa. Code §§29.31-29.43; the Health Care Facilities Act (if applicable based on services offered), 35 P.S. §§ 448.801-448.904(b) and 28 Pa. Code Subpart F; and the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (MCARE), 40 P.S. §§ 1303.101-1303.910.
The Wolf Administration will continue to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to high quality health care services in the commonwealth and recognizes the integral role of providers in making safe options available to patients.
Immediate Wellbeing Support
On Campus Resource - Health Services
- Contraceptive Counseling
- Free condoms (available both in foyer of Health Center and inside office)
- Other contraceptives available by appointment with physician
- Emergency Contraception (generic Plan B)
Pregnancy Tests (urine test - free)
Pregnancy Options Information
Reproductive Rights Information & More
Weekly: Impact on the Burg
Psychiatric Times: Psychiatric and Personal Reflections on Abortion
NPR: What to Consider About Contraception and Pregnancy After Roe v. Wade
NPR: Ban Will Impact Communities of Color
Reuters: Disproportionately Hurts Black Women
Forbes: Impact on LGBTQ Rights
NPR: Impact on Disability Communities
NPR: Economic impact on Men
Center for Reproductive Rights: Roe v. Wade Hub
ACLU: Fighting for Reproductive Freedom
Local Off-Campus Places to Access Support Services
On-Campus Based Resources:
- Counseling Services
- Dean of Students Office
- Health Services
- Office of Prevention Education
- Office of Equity and Title IX
- Office of Multicultural Life and LGBT Programs
- Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Student Organizations and Affinity Groups
- Voices of Strength
- Feminist Collective
- Panhellenic Council - A statement from the Muhlenberg College Panhellenic Council: “By representing and governing sororities on campus, the Muhlenberg Panhellenic Council stands with all members of the Panhellenic community and extended community during this time. We strongly believe that all people have the right to reproductive health care. We are here to support everyone affected by this decision and the serious impact it has on health and well-being. We urge all of our members to continue to advocate for causes they believe in and contribute to the dialogue over this pressing issue respectfully.”
- Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen) - We are an extension of Planned Parenthood via student-led advocacy and education. Our primary goal is to be a resource for students looking to navigate reproductive health, both politically and individually.
Add your organization to this list if your organization has as a primary priority the ongoing empowerment of women, non-binary, and transgendered individuals, and/or reproductive justice, sexual health, or overall health, mental health, and well-being. You can add your group to this list by contacting Jennifer Storm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to host a discussion group, safe space or receive any training around these topics to help facilitate understanding and awareness please contact the Prevention Education Department by emailing Karmen Brown email@example.com.
How can you fight for reproductive rights for yourself and others?
Keep the conversation going!
Use this handy guide created by the ACLU that provides facts on abortion, abortion access, forced pregnancy, the specifics of legal proceedings, and the future of abortion.
Planned Parenthood has an interactive website that allows individuals to look at how the overturning of Roe v. Wade specifically impacts different states. It provides information on whether or not abortion is still legal in the state, as well as what restrictions (such as week bans, insurance restrictions, parental involvement, waiting periods might be in place, if any.
Get out and Vote!
Federal and State elections have become even more important in the light of this decision. Check out this website that has information on rules and deadlines on voter registration, absentee ballots, voting by mail, checking your registration status, election protection, polling place and dropbox locations, and understanding election results.
Sign up to become a trained Abortion Activist through the ACLU People Power’s Abortion Activist Series
This is a collection of virtual events and trainings on how you can join the fight for abortion rights, no matter your location.
Attend a planned and organized event to express your feelings.
Planned Parenthood has their Bans Off Our Bodies website, which includes an interactive map to find various in-person and virtual events taking place across the country. (**If you choose to attend a rally or protest, please be safe. Click this link to find out more about planning ahead and putting safety first.)
Find your local planned parenthood and become an advocate.
Planned Parenthood has opportunities to become a volunteer/advocate both nationally and locally. Volunteer/advocates have the opportunity to play many different roles. Fill out the form on the website and a Planned Parenthood Advocate will reach out to you!
Donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds.
The National Network of Abortion Funds works with member organizations across their network to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. You can choose to donate to the fund itself or, find your local fund, and donate to them.