Amending the Abortion Control Act

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Our Senator, Guy Reschenthaler, is championing Senate Bill 3 for which he would like to garner support from constituents.

SB 3 adds language to the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes on Crimes and Offenses to clearly define “dismemberment abortion” as the “act of knowingly and purposefully causing the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors and similar instruments” and seeks to prohibit this practice.

The bill also adds requirements for the woman upon whom the abortion is to be performed to engage in private, in-person medical consultation with a physician unless medical urgency precludes sufficient time for such a consultation with the mother’s life being at risk.

With the exception of risk of mortality or irreversible impairment of major bodily function of the mother, abortion of an unborn child is prohibited after 20 weeks of gestation (reduced from 24 weeks).

Finally, for the purposes of public medical health knowledge and the Commonwealth’s interest in protecting the unborn child, physicians will be required to submit reports on each abortion performed.   Personally identifiable information of the patient shall not be included but, otherwise, the report will elaborate on facts such as the gestational age of the unborn child, the type of procedure performed, the reasoning behind the medical judgment leading to the abortion and whether or not the father of the unborn child was notified.

If Senator Reschenthaler is your Senator, please express your position on Senate Bill 3.  You can easily find his contact information under our “Find Your Legislator” tab on this website.  If Senator Reschenthaler does not represent your district, please voice your opinion with your local  Pennsylvania Senator.

If you are supportive of SB3, please contact your House member and ask him/her to introduce a companion bill in the House.

Thank you for your involvement.