Citizen Action Center

Abortion by Video? Keep Telemed Abortions Out of PA

Action: Ask your State Senator to pass the amended Senate Bill 857 and keep telemed abortion out of Pennsylvania.

Status: The PA House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 857 on November 21, 2019 by a 117-77 vote. It has now been referred to the Senate Rules Committee and can be voted on by the full PA Senate at any time.

Summary: Planned Parenthood revealed to the PA Department of Health in a recent inspection that they are adding “telemedication abortion” – an unsafe practice that puts profits before patients. Senate Bill 857 would expand telemedicine in Pennsylvania and it has been amended by the State House to ban telemed abortions by including limitations language that requires a doctor to administer in-person any of the drugs listed by the FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), which includes the abortion drug Mifeprex. Click here to take action or visit pafamily.org/notelemedabortions.


Support PA’s Heartbeat Bill

Action: Ask your State Representatives and State Senator to pass the Heartbeat Bill.

Status: At a press conference on October 21, 2019, the Heartbeat Bill was introduced. The legislation is Senate Bill 912 (which is now in the PA Senate Health and Human Services Committee) and House Bill 1977 (which is now in the PA House Health Committee).

Summary: Under Pennsylvania’s current law, abortion is permitted up through 24 weeks into pregnancy, which is now an outdated determination of life based on viability. The Heartbeat Bill aims to improve our state law by protecting unborn children after a heartbeat is detected, and thus preserve the lives of thousands of babies every year in Pennsylvania. Click here to take action or visit pafamily.org/heartbeat.


Show respect for unborn life in PA

Action: Please contact your State Senator and ask them to vote Yes on HB 1890, to show respect and uphold the humanity of unborn children. To send an email, click here or visitpafamily.org/showrespect.

Status: HB 1890 passed the PA House by a 123-76 vote on November 18, 2019. It is currently awaiting action in the PA Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Summary: The bill requires healthcare facilities to properly handle disposition (burial or cremation) of unborn children who have died from an abortion or miscarriage. This bill is similar to one passed in the state of Indiana that was recently upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Help stop human trafficking in PA – Pass the Buyer Beware Act

Action: Contact your State Representatives and State Senator to support the Buyer Beware Act.

Status: Senate Bill 60 passed unanimously by the PA Senate with a 49-0 vote on November 20, 2019. SB60 is now awaiting action in the PA House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 12 is also in this committee.

Summary: The Buyer Beware Act – Senate Bill 60 and House Bill 12 – would do three things: 1) Increase criminal charges against traffickers, 2) Increase subsequent fines and 3) Expand the definitions of the offense. Click here to take action.


Invest in students, not broken systems for education in Harrisburg

Action: Contact your State Representative to support a new plan to help Harrisburg families.

Summary: House Speaker Mike Turzai unveiled a new plan that would help create a lifeline for kids trapped in failing Harrisburg Schools. These schools have been under state government oversight since 2012 but nothing has changed. This new plan would help to empower families while creating a better investment for taxpayers. Click here to take action.


No Men in Women’s Restrooms. No Punishment for My Faith.

Action: Contact your State Representatives and State Senator to oppose Senate Bill 614 and House Bill 1404.

Status: Senate Bill 614 has been referred to the PA Senate Labor and Industry Committee. House Bill 1404 has been referred to the PA House State Government Committee.

Summary: Senate Bill 614 and House Bill 1404 would make harmful changes to our state law covering public accommodations, employment and housing by creating special statuses for “sexual orientation” and gender identity” (often called a “SOGI” bill) and thereby creating a host of consequences that impact religious freedom and privacy rights. Click here to take action.


Freedom to Counsel in Allegheny County

Status: The so-called “conversion therapy” ban proposal has been tabled for 2019. However, it may be re-introduced in 2020 and, due to the 2019 election, there will be new members on the county council.


Down Syndrome Protection Act

Status: Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the legislation (House Bill 321) after it passed the PA Senate on November 20, 2019 by a 27-22 vote. It had passed the PA House on May 14, 2019 by a 117-76 vote.

Summary: The Down Syndrome Protection Act would stop any child from being aborted solely due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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