Citizen Action Center

Pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act

Action: Contact your State Senator and ask for their support House Bill 321, the Down Syndrome Protection Act

Status: House Bill 321 passed the PA House on May 14, 2019 by a 117-76 vote. Bill was referred to the PA Senate Health and Human Services committee.

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


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 and House Bill 1977 (which is now in 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Summary: Under Pennsylvania’s current law, abortion is permitted up through 24 weeks into pregnancy, which is now an outdated determination of life based on viability.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 representative 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 visit pafamily.org/showrespect.

Status: HB 1890 passed the House Health Committee, and is awaiting a final vote to pass the State House. If the bill passes, it will move onto the Senate.

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 the Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2019 with a 14-0 vote. Still awaiting a vote by the full PA Senate. House Bill 12 was referred to the PA House Judiciary 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.


Freedom to Counsel in Allegheny County

Action: Contact your County Council member and ask that they vote Yes on Ordinance No. 11223-19.

Status: Proposed in Allegheny County.

Summary: This ordinance bans the harmful and nefarious methods of therapy, but still allows minors to get the help that they want and need.