Two important pro-life bills may be considered in the Senate early next week. Please contact your legislator today to urge him or her to vote pro-life!
Senate Bill 3
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act permits a state to prohibit insurance providers that participate in the state exchange from covering elective abortion services. To assure that elective abortion is not included in the Pennsylvania exchange, the Commonwealth must affirmatively opt out by passing a state law. Senate Bill 3 will clearly prohibit the taxpayer supported insurance plans from covering abortion. This legislation is critical if the Commonwealth is to prevent public dollars from being spent on a program which includes elective abortion coverage. Ambiguities in the law could allow that to happen without clear statutory prohibitions in the Commonwealth.
Mensch Amendment to Senate Bill 732
The Mensch Amendment to Senate Bill 732 would hold abortion facilities to the same fire and safety standards, personnel and equipment requirements, and quality assurance procedures as other freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities. The need for reform is evident – the state’s abortion industry should not be exempt from commonsense safety standards that apply to other surgery centers.
Lax, inconsistent standards allowed for the existence of the horrific abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. A failure to apply standards and a Pennsylvania Department of Health practice to refrain from inspections allowed for the existence of this horrific abortion clinic. The Mensch Amendment to Senate Bill 732 will prevent this from happening again. Although it is unfortunate that this Amendment cannot put an end to abortion, it can provide a safer environment for women, reduce the occurrence of abortions, and remove legislation that clearly favors the abortion industry.