In light of unprecedented attacks on reproductive rights and Republicans’ extreme crusade to outlaw abortion, the PA Dems hosted press conference featuring Democratic elected officials and community leaders from across Northeastern Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA — Today, in Scranton, Mayor Paige Cognetti, Councilwoman Claudette Williams, Executive Director of Action Together NEPA Alisha Hoffman-Mirilovich and Krysten Xanthis, a home care worker from Scranton held a press conference on Pennsylvania Republicans’ extreme anti-choice agenda following recent reporting that the Supreme Court of the United States is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade

The press conference comes days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that a federal abortion ban is “possible” under Republican control and a leading GOP candidate for Pennsylvania governor opposes health exceptions for abortion.  

 See below for highlights:

Mayor Paige Cognetti:
“We are talking about a true erosion of our rights. My personal rights. My daughter, who is 2 years old and her future rights. Everything is on the line. Our barrier to that erosion is electing people like Josh Shapiro and sending a democrat to the Senate”

Councilwoman Claudette Williams:
How is it that 47 years later, we’re back in the same place. You do not get the right to choose for us. This 2022 election is very critical. Every woman, child and man should look at where we are today and what is about to be taken away from us. We will continue to persist. We will not give in.

Alisha Hoffman-Mirilovich, Executive Director of Action Together NEPA:
“Legislation like this is being introduced in Harrisburg already. And the only thing protecting people like myself is the Democratic Governor. A democratic Governor will protect our right to privacy. Josh Shapiro will protect this right. And will stop extreme, out of touch republicans, who don’t know stories like my own.”

Krysten Xanthis, a home care worker from Scranton:“As a woman, it is up to us to choose what we do with our own bodies. We must get out there and vote, our rights depend on it.”