Sep. 11, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) today voiced his concern and disappointment over the governor’s recent actions that will do nothing but harm Pennsylvania’s children. His statement is as follows:

“To say I am disappointed in recent actions by Gov. Josh Shapiro is an understatement. If there is one issue I was hopeful we could find common ground on, it would be Pennsylvania’s children; however, he has made the deliberate decision to harm those most vulnerable in a bid to gain favor from the teacher’s union and Planned Parenthood. 

“First, he chose to renege on his promise to support scholarship funding for those students stuck in the state’s 15% worst performing schools – children who, because of their ZIP code, are being condemned to a subpar education.

“And most recently, he has made the decision to strip funding for the Real Alternatives organization, which is a pro-life organization that strives to provide counseling and other services for pregnant women, and their families, who are seeking to have their babies but are in need of support. Pennsylvania has provided funding to Real Alternatives for the past 30 years, along with funding for Planned Parenthood. The governor’s actions only serve to further promote abortions as the only option the state will subsidize. 

“Women deserve better care than that. They deserve to have options in which to make the best decision possible for them and their babies.”

Representative Barry Jozwiak
5th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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