PLANNED PARENTHOOD PA URGES PA SENATE TO REJECT REGULATORY OVERSIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
For Immediate Release: Jan. 11, 2023 (Updated: Jan. 11, 2023, 4:55 p.m.)
Proposal would threaten access to essential health care
(Harrisburg, Pa) --- Planned Parenthood PA urges members of the Pennsylvania State Senate to vote against Senate Bill 2, a constitutional amendment that would give the partisan legislature oversight of administrative regulations, including those related to health care and abortion access.
“We are very concerned that the anti-abortion legislature that has attacked our access to care for decades will use this newly proposed regulatory process to end abortion in Pennsylvania,” said PPPA Executive Director Signe Espinoza. “The Departments of Health and Human Services issue guidance and regulations that permit health care clinics to provide life affirming care, and a partisan review of those expert-driven policy is very dangerous to the future of abortion in this state.
We strongly urge the Senate to abandon this proposal, and instead honor the wishes of more than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians that want abortion to remain legal and accessible.”
Under Senate Bill 2, the partisan power grab:
· The legislature has the power to reject regulations that would make telemedicine more available to people seeking reproductive health care, including abortion.
· The legislature has the power to reject changes to our regulation of abortion clinics that would bring our state policies up to date and more in line with the actual needs of patients.
· Outside of the area of sexual and reproductive health, this could have huge implications for our state including in environmental regulation, worker protections, and medical marijuana access and distribution.
For more information on PPPA and access to abortion care in Pennsylvania, please visit our website.
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Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) exists to create a Pennsylvania where sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is accessible, affordable, and affirming for all. We achieve this, in partnership with the 3 Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, through electoral and advocacy campaigns, lobbying, and organizing.