Pennsylvania Governor Sues State Legislature Over Abortion and Other Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sued the state legislature over a package of proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would say the state constitution does not guarantee any rights relating to abortion or public funding of abortions. The lawsuit file in the state Supreme Court argues that the proposed abortion amendment would violate privacy protections. The suit also claims that bundling the abortion amendment together with four others in a bill that passed the General Assembly earlier this month runs afoul of a constitutional rule against passing legislation that addresses multiple, unrelated topics. The other four amendments would require voter ID, have gubernatorial candidates choose their own running mates, empower legislators to cancel regulations without facing a governor’s veto and establish election audits. Although the House and Senate voted on them as a package, mostly along partisan lines, voters would consider the questions individually.