PA Abortion Ban Bills: SB3 & HB 77

Prime Sponsor:
Sen. Michelle Brooks (R-SD50 serving Crawford, Erie (part), Mercer, and Warren (part) Counties)

Introduced By: Senators Brooks, Langerholc, Reschenthaler, Vulakovich, DiSanto, Folmer, Scarnati, White, Stefano, Alloway, Rafferty, Hutchinson, Martin, Aument, Eichelberger, Bartolotta, Ward, Vogel, Yaw, Wagner, Argall, Browne and Mensch

CLICK HERE to see bill information on SB3, including a link to full text.

Prime Sponsor:
Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-HD65 serving Crawford (part), Forest (part), and Warren Counties)

Introduced By: Rapp, Kavulich, Turzai, Reed, Cutler, Oberlander, Benninghoff, Saylor, Baker, Knowles, Schemel, Ward, Klunk, Zimmerman, B. Miller, Roe, Keefer, Ryan, Kortz, Diamond, Pickett, Readshaw, Tallman, Warner, Rader, Gabler, McGinnis, Haggerty, Metzgar, Causer, Barrar, Irvin, Metcalfe, Quigley, Topper, Wheeland, Greiner, A. Harris, Bloom, Millard, Phillips-Hill, Nelson, Dush, Staats, Grove, Hickernell, Lawrence, James, Marsico, Cox, Gillen, Peifer, Roae, Wentling, DeLuca, Everett, Nesbit, Ortitay, Hennessey, Sonney, Neilson, Kauffman, Fee, Pyle, Toohil, Helm, Saccone, Sankey, Ellis, Boback and Rothman

CLICK HERE to see bill information on HB77, including a link to full text.

What these bills mean for Pennsylvanians seeking abortion care:

These bills propose the most extreme restrictions on abortion in the country. SB3 and HB77 would ban abortions after twenty weeks except in the rarest of circumstances, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies. It would also ban one of the safest methods of second trimester abortions, putting women at risk and taking crucial decisions about their medical care out of the hands of their trusted medical providers. Make no mistake – the proponents of this bill are hypocritical politicians who do not care about the health and safety of these women but care only about putting safe and legal abortion completely out of reach.

History of the bill:

Last session, Rep. Kathy Rapp and Sen. Michelle Brooks introduced legislation (HR 1948/SB 888) that would amend the Abortion Control Act to outlaw abortions starting at 20 weeks and criminalize the D&E method of abortions, which is one of the most commonly used method of 2nd trimester abortions and is also used frequently in the 1st trimester. Similar to this year, the bill was run quickly and quietly, without any public hearings and without any input from medical experts.

After the SB3 sat in the House Health Committee for several months, Committee Chairman, Representative Matt Baker, convened a late night vote to move SB3 from the committee and onto the full House floor. The bill was approved, 16-10, along a party line vote. Just three days later, the soonest it could be introduced and voted on, the full House passed SB3 largely along party lines. Fortunately, Governor Tom Wolf promised and completed a veto of SB3 on December 18, 2017.

Actions you can take to stop future bills like SB3/HB77:
Slider-Box SB3

  • Share your abortion story (
  • Donate to Planned Parenthood and your local abortion fund (
  • Show your support for Planned Parenthood and access to safe and legal abortion in locations visible to your elected officials
  • Talk about abortion and the state of abortion access with your friends and families
    • Share action alerts from the PPPA Facebook page and local news stories around the bill on your social media pages
  • Attend local events! 

Resources for your activist arsenal:

News Coverage of SB3

Votes on SB3

  • 2/6/17: Senate Judiciary Committee votes 10-5 to pass SB3 out of committee and to the Senate floor
    • YEA: Alloway, Eichelberger, Gordner, Langerholc, Rafferty, Reschenthaler, Vulakovich, Yaw, Greenleaf, Scarnati
    • NAY: Boscola, Farnesse, Haywood, Leach, Sabatina
  • 2/8/17: PA Senate votes 32-18 to pass SB3
    • To see a full list of YEA and NAY votes, see THIS page from the PA Legislative website.
  • 12/4/17: House Health Committee votes 16-10 to pass SB3 our of committee and to the House floor
    • YEA: Baker, Bernstine, Charlton, Corbin, Cox, Evankovich, Hill, Kaufer, Keefer, Lawrence, Lewis, Schemel, Topper, Ward, White, Zimmerman
    • NAY: Boyle, Brown, Daley, Dawkins, DeLissio, Gainey, Kinsey, Kirkland, Mullery, Schlossberg
  • 12/12/17: PA House votes 121-70 to pass SB3
    • To see a full list of YEA and NAY votes, see THIS page from the PA Legislative website.