Legislation

Currently Pending

20 Week Abortion Ban

SB3, nearly identical to HB1948 of the 2015-2016 session, would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, and criminalize one of the safest methods of abortion. There are no exceptions for rape or incest and the health exception is so narrow as to not include future ability to reproduce. No other state has a law this extreme on the books. (Learn more about SB3 HERE.)

State “Defunding” of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers

SB300, an attempt to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking our patients from accessing family planning services, passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on April 26th by a vote of 7-5. The bill “tiers” funding in the Department of Human Services, eliminating any funding for organizations that provide abortion services. While the language of the bill is not clear, the intent of the cosponsors couldn’t be more clear – to shut off access to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control that reduces unintended pregnancy, and STD testing and treatment – including for infertility. To review our position on SB300, click here. You can also learn more about the impact of “defunding” Planned Parenthood in other states here. (Learn more about SB300 HERE)

Recently Passed into Law

Ambulatory Surgical Facility Regulations

A TRAP law (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) • SB 732 now Act 122 of 2011 Hijacked by the House of Representatives and converted from a simple licensing and inspection bill, this law requires all surgical abortion providers to adhere to the same regulations as ambulatory surgical facilities, including restrictive staffing and construction standards.

Insurance Exchange Abortion Ban 

HB 818, HB 1977 and SB3, now Act13 of 2013 
Prohibits insurance companies who offer plans in the new Health Care Exchanges from including any coverage of abortion in those plans. Only includes exceptions for imminent death of woman, rape and incest. Lost a health exception vote by one in the Senate.

Considered in Recent Sessions

Depriving Planned Parenthood of Department of Health Funding

HB1623 Sponsored by freshman Republican, Representative Paul Schemel, this bill would tier family planning funding offered through the Department of Health (DOH), forbidding any entity that provided abortions outside of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the woman from receiving any state funds from the DOH.

Admitting Privileges

A TRAP law (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) • HB 1762 
Would require all physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles. Gaining admitting privileges is very political an often depends on how many admissions you bring the hospital. Due to the complication rate of less than 0.1% percent, this will be difficult, and is a tactic pulled straight from Texas to attempt to shut down providers.

Depriving Planned Parenthood of Department of Health Funding

HB 1870 
Sponsored by divisive conservative Representative Daryl Metcalfe, this bill would tier family planning funding offered through the Department of Health, forbidding any entity that provided abortions outside of rape, incest and to protect the life of the woman from receiving any state funds from the DOH. 

Increased Penalties for Physicians

HB 586 and HB 587
HB586 amends the statute of limitations for abortions performed after 24 weeks to 5 years, and HB587 increases the grading for impersonating a doctor from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Contraception Bills

HB 1049, HB 1050, and HB 1051 
Sponsored by the architect of the ASF law, these bills respectively say no Commonwealth insurance plan is required to provide coverage for contraception; any insurance company offering a plan with contraception must also offer one without; and that any private employer who offers health insurance ay not provide coverage for contraception unless the enrollee specifically requests it.

Conscientious Objection Act

HB 383 
This is a bill that has been introduced in some form for several legislative sessions. It dramatically expand ‘protections’ for individuals who oppose any phase of medical care, treatment or procedure relating to abortion, birth control, emergency contraception, artificial insemination, sterilization and more. In past sessions this bill has been interpreted by allies to extend so far that it could allow a janitor who objected to emptying garbage cans at a pharmacy where birth control was dispensed to refuse to perform that task.

Municipal Abortion Ban

SB 275 
This bill bans municipalities from using their own tax funds to support abortion for low-income women. The bill is specifically targeted at Philadelphia.

Adoption materials Bill

HB 1690 
Successfully stalled! Would mandate that all women who seek abortion care would need to be provided materials about adoption options. Started out as having to meet with an adoptive couple, but dialed back.

Mandatory Ultrasound

HB 1077 
Successfully stalled! This bill would require abortion providers to do an ultrasound before an abortion procedure, with the screen aimed toward the woman’s face, regardless of medical need. Half of all cosponsors removed their names from the bill when the realized it’s true impact, and Governor Corbett famously gaffed that women could just “close their eyes” if they didn’t want to view the image.