PennLive Report: Abortion Laws Ready for Consideration on PA

PA Headlines 6/25/21

HARRISBURG – PennLive is reporting… There are a dozen pieces of legislation that have been introduced this legislative session that seek to protect or alter the state’s current law that allows an abortion to be performed up to the 24th week of pregnancy or later if the life of the mother is at risk and minors must have parental consent.  The bills that seek to further limit access to abortion stand no chance of getting past Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto pen. But moving them to his desk would send a message to voters about where individual lawmakers stand on the issue going forward.  Gov.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro has taken a stand saying he will veto any bill that would restrict abortion rights, and he will expand access to reproductive care. Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano favors a total ban on abortions with no exceptions.  Here are the measures that are sitting in the hopper in the state House and Senate awaiting action relating to abortion access in the current legislative session that ends Nov. 30 as well as their current status are:

Bills include one that bans abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected unless determined by a physician to be clinically necessary. Another bans abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Another proposes a constitutional amendment banning public funding of elective abortions and prevents the courts from changing state abortion laws.  A democrat’s bill bans public funding of family planning organizations that engage in practices that prevent women from having abortions to ensure that remains an option to meet women’s health needs. Another allocates money to the Department of Human Services for family planning providers including those that provide abortion services


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