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September 21, 2022 - Harrisburg, PA

Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians: 'Abortion is Safe and Legal, Reproductive Healthcare is Available'

Department of Human Services (DHS) Special Advisor Sara Goulet, members of the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood today affirmed that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.

"As reproductive rights are being rolled back across our country, I want to thank the many health care professionals in Pennsylvania who are not only taking care of people in the commonwealth, but people from other states who are coming here to get the health care they need and deserve to live healthy lives with dignity," said Goulet. "Our fellow Pennsylvanians need to know that abortion remains safe and legal here, and that services and help with costs for reproductive and pregnancy-related health care is available."

DHS administers the federal Medicaid program in Pennsylvania. Through Medicaid and DHS' Family Planning Services program, individuals can receive free or reduced-cost reproductive health care. This care may include health care provider visits, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), screenings and education for some types of cancer, and counseling from a health care provider about pregnancy, such as preparing for pregnancy, preventing unintended pregnancies, and enabling individuals to control the timing and spacing of pregnancies. No public funds are used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the pregnant person is in danger.

List of Speakers:
Sara Goulet, Special Advisor, Department of Human Services
Jayne Frankenfield, Planned Parenthood
Senator Judy Schwank
Senator Amanda Cappelletti
Representative Mary Jo Daley
Senator Carolyn Comitta
Senator Lindsey Williams
Senator Tim Kearney



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Special Advisor, Department of Human Services, Sara Goulet, speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Special Advisor, Department of Human Services, Sara Goulet, speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Jayne Frankenfield, Planned Parenthood, speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Judy Schwank speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Judy Schwank speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Amanda Cappelletti speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Rep. Mary Jo Daley speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Maria Collett speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Lindsey Williams speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Sen. Tim Kearney speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  (L-R) Special Advisor, Department of Human Services, Sara Goulet, and Sen. Amanda Cappelletti on stage during Wednesday's press confernce.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  Senators Schwank and Cappelletti, along with Representative Mary Jo Daley, look on as Jayne Frankenfield with Planned Parenthood, speaks during Wednesdays press conference.  The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22124_DHS_MaternalHealthCare_AG_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Harrisburg, PA.  (L-R) Jayne Frankenfield, Planned Parenthood, Sen. Maria Collett, Sen. Lindsey Williams, Sen. Tim Kearney and Sen. Jay Costaon stage during Wednesday's press confernce. The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Women's Health Caucus, and representatives from Planned Parenthood affirm that Pennsylvanians should feel safe in accessing the full scope of reproductive, perinatal, and maternal health care available in the commonwealth, and that supports are in place to help mothers and birthing people access necessary reproductive and perinatal care.  September 21, 2022.