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Today, the Senate voted 38 to 12 to pass Senate Bill 732, which, thanks to the Mensch Amendment added on Wednesday, June 8, 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 Mensch Amendment was a courageous stand for the pro-life cause.
Now that SB 732 has passed, and similar but not identical legislation passed in the House last month, the job now falls to the two chambers to agree upon the final version of the legislation. One notable difference between the two versions is that the Senate amended SB 732 to include a study of what the cost of implementation would be to abortion clinics in Pennsylvania. The House version contains no such provision.
Here is a list of senators who voted “yes” on the Mensch Amendment and on the final passage of Senate Bill 732:
|Mensch Amendment Vote||SB 732 final passage|
|WHITE, Mary Jo||X|