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Legislative Review

The following is a list of legislation supported by either the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and/or the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association. This list will be updated as legislation is reviewed.

Education Related Legislation

Social Concerns Related Legislation

Health Care Related Legislation

  • Senate Bill 24, the Conscientious Objection Act, would protect the rights of health care providers, including pharmacists and health care facilities, to exercise their religious, moral, or ethical principles and refuse to participate in care, treatment, or procedures for certain enumerated health care services if they find them contrary to their beliefs. Read Bill.
  • House Bill 45, the Right to Try Act, provides for the use of investigational drugs, and biological products and devices by terminally ill patients. Although the PCHA is pursuing some technical amendments to the language, the measure could provide hope for people who have few, if any, traditional treatment options left. Read Bill.
  • Senate Bill 108 would prohibit discrimination against any potential life-saving organ transplants on the basis of physical or mental disability alone, despite assistance to comply with post-transplant medical follow-up care. This addresses a serious concern that some organ donation organizations refrain from recommending a transplant due to a patient’s psychiatric issues, autism, or other developmental disability. Read Bill.
  • Senate Bill 179 would develop a statewide, web-based, acute mental health bed registry maintained by the Department of Health. The information would be accessible to mental health and health care professionals to make it easier for them to locate proper care for patients in need. Read Bill.

Other Legislation

The PCC and PCHA oppose the following legislation:

  • Senate Bill 148 would mandate health insurance coverage of certain treatments for infertility that may be immoral and contrary to Catholic teaching. PCHA and PCC oppose this bill due to potential conflicts with religious conscience; however, we recognize that infertility is a medical problem that can be treated with procedures that do not violate Catholic moral principles. PCHA and PCC will try to amend the bill to allow for this distinction. Read Bill.

Review legislation that has been passed this session