We often hear abortion referred to as an issue of women’s health. However, in Pennsylvania, freestanding abortion clinics are not subject to the same health standards as other ambulatory surgical facilities. Simply put, the current law favors the abortion industry, not women’s health.
Lax, inconsistent standards allowed for the existence of the horrific abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.
Both chambers of the legislature have been working to address the fact that current Pennsylvania law favors the abortion industry. Earlier this year, the House passed House Bill 574 and the Senate passed Senate Bill 732.
The House Health Committee has amended Senate Bill 732 with essentially the same language as House Bill 574 and passed it with a vote of 15 to 6. The amended Senate Bill 732 is now being considered on the House floor for a vote, and then will be sent to the Senate for concurrence. The two chambers will need to agree on one piece of legislation to send to the governor’s desk.