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Wolf v. General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Description:  Pennsylvania’s governor is challenging a proposed constitutional amendment put forth by the commonwealth’s General Assembly that would clarify that Pennsylvania’s constitution provides no right to elective abortions, and especially not ones funded by taxpayers.


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Thursday, Aug 25, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life, regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed late Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia in Wolf v. General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, defending a proposed constitutional amendment that would clarify that Pennsylvania’s constitution provides no right to elective abortions, and especially not ones funded by taxpayers:

“The citizens of Pennsylvania have a strong interest in preserving the life and health of children and mothers. The General Assembly’s proposed amendment merely recognizes that the Pennsylvania Constitution does not grant a right to taxpayer-funded abortions, or any other rights related to abortion. The proposed amendment thus preserves the right of the General Assembly­­—and the commonwealth’s citizens—to have a say in abortion policy. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rightly held that the U.S. Constitution provides no right to an abortion, Pennsylvania is free to affirm that life is a human right and ensure women have real support.”

ADF attorneys are working in eight other states to defend pro-life laws, including Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

  • Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)

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ABOUT Denise Harle

Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is the director of the Center for Life. Prior to joining ADF, Harle served as deputy solicitor general in the Office of the Florida Attorney General, where she drafted appellate briefs and presented oral arguments on behalf of the state in a wide variety of constitutional cases, including defending the constitutionality of pro-life laws. In 2017, she participated in the prestigious Supreme Court Fellow program, sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General. She clerked for Justice Ricky L. Polston on the Florida Supreme Court and worked for several years as an appellate litigator at a large firm in California. Harle earned bachelor’s degrees, summa cum laude, in psychology and interdisciplinary social science from Florida State University, a master’s degree in political science from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. At Duke, she served as the executive editor of Law & Contemporary Problems. A member of the state bars of California, Florida, and Georgia, she is admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.