The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference praised the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee for passing a bill Jan. 25 to restrict the use of public money for abortions.

Senate Bill 956 would prohibit abortion from being declared a constitutional right in Pennsylvania and also would prevent taxpayer money from funding abortions.

The vote went strictly along party lines, 7-4, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair, Fulton, Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon).

“We thank these senators for this effort to keep public funding out of the abortion business,” said PCC Executive Director Eric Failing. “We know that abortion advocates are working hard to remove barriers to making taxpayer money available to those who perform these procedures. It’s unconscionable that hard-working Pennsylvanians who believe in the sanctity of life could end up paying for abortion through their tax dollars!”

The Harrisburg-based PCC is the public affairs arm of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops.