HB 1890: Final Disposition of Fetal Remains Act
This medically unnecessary bill is yet another abortion restriction disguised as a public health measure. The Act would require all health care facilities, in which a miscarriage or abortion takes place, to have the embryonic or fetal tissue buried or cremated—regardless of the gestational age.
Politicians should not be forcing such stigmatizing requirements upon pregnant people and their health care providers. This restriction is clearly intended to shame a person who has already made the personal decision to have an abortion.
The House of Representatives passed HB 1890, and the legislation is now with the Senate for consideration. Governor Wolf has promised to veto this bill.
Despite the fact that it is clearly unconstitutional, legislators are yet again attempting to ban abortions at six weeks—before many people would even know they are pregnant. Roe v. Wade made it very clear that you cannot ban abortions prior to viability. These bills do just that—they seek to be the most extreme abortion bans in the country if enacted and enforced. The politicians behind these bans have one goal: to push abortion out of reach, outlawing it in all but name. Similar bills have been struck down in other states, such as North Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Utah, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama, nine of them in 2019 alone.
SB 271: State Defunding of Planned Parenthood and Other Abortion Providers
This is the fourth legislative session in a row that politicians have introduced a bill which attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and block our patients from accessing family planning services. The bill tiers funding in the Department of Human Services and eliminates any funding for organizations that provide abortion services. The language of the bill may not explicitly say this, but the intent of the cosponsors couldn’t be more clear: to shut off access to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control that reduces unintended pregnancy, and STD testing and treatment, including for infertility.
SB 857: Telemedicine
In October 2019, the Senate approved SB 857 to advance the practice of telemedicine, making it more cost effective for patients and providers, and increase access to health care—especially in rural areas. However, added amendments decrease the already limited availability of medication abortion care in Pennsylvania.
The House Insurance Committee approved the bill. Two amendments that would have removed the prohibition on medication abortion services failed in the full House. The bill now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
HB 1058: Perinatal Hospice
HB 1058 would require doctors to provide certain information mandated by the state after a woman receives a life-limiting fetal diagnosis. This does not include information about access to safe, legal abortion.
The House of Representatives and the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure. The full Senate has not scheduled a vote.