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STATE LAWMAKERS URGE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE ABORTION

 STATE LAWMAKERS URGE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO
 PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE ABORTION
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-one members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly joined state Rep. Karen Ritter (D-Lehigh) in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect a woman's right to choose abortion when it rules in the Pennsylvania abortion case this year.
 The legislators -- senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle -- signed an amicus curiae brief coordinated by the National Abortions Rights Action League and submitted to the court last week. The brief was submitted in the case of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Oral arguments are scheduled for April 22.
 The 32 Pennsylvanians were among 1,039 public officials from around the country in signing the brief, including 13 governors, 12 lieutenant governors, 17 attorneys general and the mayor of the District of Columbia. Officials from every state are represented.
 "Our personal freedom and individual liberty is at stake in this case," Ritter said. "The American people want to know where the court stands on this issue and who will decide this most personal matter."
 The brief was authored by Maine Gov. John McKernan and New York Attorney General Robert Abrams.
 In part, the brief reads: "Those who now urge this court to abandon protection of the right to choose abortion and to thrust the issue back upon the states invite disaster."
 Ritter said, "The question before the court is very stark: Do women have a fundamental right to choose abortion? Is this a private matter any longer? Good public policy dictates that we keep this a personal, private decision. I trust the women in Pennsylvania and I believe there is no place for government intrusion in this personal reproductive decision."
 For a copy of the brief, contact Sara Pines of NARAL, 202-408-4615.
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