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Current Legislation

Here are the current bills moving in the Pennsylvania legislature.


HB 507: No Pelvic Exams Without Consent

☑️ SIGNED by Governor Shapiro

☑️ Introduced by Rep Fiedler (D-184)

☑️ This bill holds medical professionals accountable for obtaining and upholding informed consent from patients prior to conducting pelvic, rectal, and prostate examinations, whether the patient is conscious or under anesthesia.

HB 1512: Ensuring Telemedicine Access for Pennsylvanians

☑️ Current Status: Passed House

☑️ Introduced by Rep Sappey 

☑️ This bill seeks to improve healthcare outcomes by requiring health insurers to provide telemedicine coverage. Telehealth services include a range of options, including contraceptives and medication abortion, which can be safely administered virtually. 

☑️ Telehealth is a proven strategy for expanding access to abortion, especially for those living in rural areas who would otherwise need to travel long distances or experience long wait times in order to receive the care they need.

HB 1786: Abortion Protections

☑️ Introduced by Rep Daley (D-148)

☑️ ​​This bill intends to prevent the incarceration of abortion-seekers who have accessed care in Pennsylvania or other states. 

☑️ This legislation will effectively end collaboration between Pennsylvania courts and out-of-state civil and criminal cases involving reproductive healthcare services.

HB 1997: Rights and Protections for All Students

☑️ Rep. Guenst (D-152)

☑️ This bill implements a clear statewide policy for all public schools to prohibit discrimination and harassment towards students based on actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression through anti-discrimination policy, harassment prevention, and early intervention policies to create a supportive and equal opportunity learning environment.

HD 1998: Rights and Protections for All Students

☑️ Rep. Hohenstein (D-177)

☑️ This bill includes a proposal that ensures an inclusive public school curriculum. By requiring and developing age-appropriate curriculum for K-12 students, students will better understand and appreciate the experiences, perspectives, and social, political, and economic contributions of LGBTQ individuals, urging the school to maintain an equal representation of all student identities.

HB 1999: Rights and Protections for All Students 

☑️ Rep. Takac (D-82)

☑️ This bill ensures every school district has a clear anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy for queer, trans, and non-binary students. The legislation's goals include: protecting trans and nonbinary students from bullying, establishing best practices for students and their families during a student’s transitioning period, and respecting students’ privacy and their preferred identity and pronouns.

HB 2304: Reproductive Freedom Act

☑️ Rep. Howard (D-167)

☑️ This bill is the most comprehensive abortion access bill in PA history. HB 2304 eliminates the majority of restrictions on abortion care, including the mandated 24 hour waiting period and Medicaid restrictions on abortions. In addition, this bill expands the scope of abortion care providers to include midwives, physician assistants, and certified registered nurse practitioners. 

SB 08: Enhanced Insurance Coverage for Life-Saving BRCA Testing and Breast Cancer Screenings

☑️ SIGNED by Governor Shapiro

✖️ Introduced by Sen Kim Ward (R-39) 

☑️ This bill amends a prior Act, known as The Insurance Company Law of 1921, in order to provide coverage for mammographic examinations, diagnostic breast imaging, breast cancer related genetic counseling, and genetic testing in order to promote earlier breast cancer screenings. 

SB 262: Maternal Morbidity 

☑️ SIGNED by Governor Shapiro

☑️ Introduced by Sen Schwank (D-11) 

☑️ This legislation permits cases of “severe maternal morbidity” complications to be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee is responsible for submitting these reports to the department.

SB 580: Establishing the Family Care Act

☑️ Current status: Introduced to the Senate Labor and Industry Committee 

☑️ Introduced by Sen Robinson 

☑️ This legislation would establish a statewide medical leave insurance program to support paid family leave, pregnancy leave, recovery from serious health issues, and/or care for a close family member.  

☑️ This program would be administered by the Department of Labor & Industry. Insurance benefits will be determined on a graduated scale based on a percentage of the statewide average weekly wage to ensure the program provides adequate wage replacement for lower wage workers. 

☑️ Workers are able to utilize the fund as needed while keeping their jobs and returning to work. 



HB 2017: Protecting the Mental Health of Young Social Media Users

✖️ Current status: House consideration 

☑️ Sponsored by Rep Monroe 

✖️ This bill would require parental consent for anyone 16 and under to sign up for a social media account. It would also require social media companies to monitor the chats for minors

✖️ Additionally, this bill threatens the First Amendment rights of young people

✖️ Will likely have dire consequences for young people, especially vulnerable youth, 

✖️ Would invite parental surveillance, potentially denying kids access to online support or help, 

✖️ Would define causing “harm” to minors in broad, subjective, and unenforceable ways; and 

✖️ Begs important monitoring and enforcement questions

HB 2156: Combating Compelled Speech and Preserving Free Speech Under the First Amendment

✖️ Current status: Introduced to House Judiciary 

✖️ Sponsored by Rep Leadbeter

✖️ This bill is a severely transphobic bill that was introduced to completely infringe on queer and trans children’s identities and freedoms. 

✖️ This bill will grant civil immunity to any parent who refuses to their child’s preferred pronouns or refuses to consent to gender affirming medical services.

HB 2157: Combated Compelled Speech and Preserving Free Speech Under the First Amendment

✖️ Current status: Introduced to House Judiciary 

✖️ Sponsored by Rep Leadbeter

✖️ This bill, in custody matters, will protect a parent’s refusal to use a child’s preferred pronouns and/or deny them gender affirming care in court during custody disputes.

HB 2158: Combating Compelled Speech and Preserving Free Speech Under the First Amendment

✖️ Current status: Introduced to House Judiciary 

✖️ Sponsored by Rep Kaufmann

✖️ This bill will grant civil immunity to any person that refuses to use another person’s preferred pronouns.


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