Abortion by Video? Keep Telemed Abortions Out of PA
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.
No Men in Women’s Restrooms. No Punishment for My Faith.
Status: Senate Bill 224 and 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 224, 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.
Reject Governor Wolf’s Budget Item to Increase Funding to Planned Parenthood.
Action: Contact your State Senator and State Representative to oppose Governor Wolf’s $3 million budget line item that would send taxdollars to abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. More: pafamily.org/fundcare
Status: Proposed by Governor Wolf in his 2020-2021 budget.
Summary: In his 2020 budget, Governor Tom Wolf has proposed increasing taxpayer funding to abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics by $3 million dollars annually. This increase is intended to circumvent the Protect Life Rule, from the new Title X regulations of the Trump administration, which ensures that 100% of Title X funding goes to clinics who actually provide health care to low-income women, and prohibits this taxpayer funding from being funneled to clinics that perform or refer for abortions.
Support PA’s 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.
Ensure federal aid for education helps students (and parents)
Action: Please contact your State Senator and State Representative to help students (and parents) get back on track with their education. To send an email, click here or visit pafamily.org/backontrack.
Status: House Bill 2696, introduced by State Representative Clint Owlett (R-Wellsboro), and Senate Bill 1230, introduced by Senator Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg), await action in their respective Education Committee.
Summary: The federal CARES Act designated funding to Pennsylvania for education. This legislation would create Back on Track Education Scholarship Accounts to use this funding to directly help students and parents with education-related needs such as online classes, counseling, tutoring or services for students with special needs. The intent of the legislation is to help low-income families regardless of what school the children attend, whether public, private, charter, cyber or home school.
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 visit pafamily.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
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
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.
Down Syndrome Protection Act
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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