PHL/SWR Butler County Chapter

Pennsylvanians for Human Life

Legislative Alerts

Dear Pro-Lifers: please call your representative in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and urge him or her to support House Bill 2050, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, which would ban the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb.

Rep. Mike Turzi’s Press Release: “Along with my House colleague Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair), I will be introducing legislation that would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a congenital, chromosome abnormality causing developmental delays and physical limitations impacting a child’s height and facial appearance.

Under current law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of a child. This legislation would expand that exception to prohibit aborting a child due solely to a prenatal diagnosis that the unborn child has Down syndrome. The law would have no restrictions on a mother obtaining an abortion in cases of rape, incest or personal endangerment.

In recent years, celebrity support and public awareness about advances in support for families impacted by the condition have dramatically improved the life span along with educational and work opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome. I believe in the dignity of every human being. None of us are born perfect and we all have something beautiful to contribute. We want to welcome and support families caring for a child with Down syndrome. They need to know they are not alone.

Please call your representative in the PA House of Representatives and urge him to vote YES on House Bill 2050, the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This bill was reported out of the House Health Committee on April 9 and could come up for a vote at any time.

If you don’t know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, please visit . Thank you for making these important calls!

US HOUSE PASSES FETAL PAIN BILL The US House of Representatives recently passed HR 36, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" by a margin of 237-189.  The bill would make it illegal for anyone to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the age at which medical science tells us that babies feel pain.  It allows exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.  The bill now goes to the US Senate.
ACTION:  We need to contact Senators Toomey and Casey to ask them to support this bill when it comes to the Senate floor.  President Trump has pledged to sign this bill, if it reaches his desk.

State Senator Scott Martin is introducing a Resolution which would condemn the abortion of babies who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Contact your State Senator and encourage him to SUPPORT the Resolution; the Resolution has not been assigned a bill number as of this writing.

House Bill 11, which would take away our right to vote for appellate judges in PA, will be voted on by the full PA House of Representatives at any time.  Contact your State Representative and ask him/her to OPPOSE this bill -we don't want to lose our right to vote for judges.

Senate Bill 3, the Pain Capable/Dismemberment Bill
The PA Senate passed SB3 on Feb. 8, 2017. This Bill bans abortion after 20 weeks gestation, the age at which medical science tells us that unborn babies can feel pain.
This Bill also bans later term abortions which are commonly referred to as “Dismemberment” abortions, because the unborn baby’s body is dismembered, in order to induce delivery.

Update:  Senate Bill 3 is now under consideration in the PA House Health committee. This bill passed in the PA Senate earlier this year. Contact your State Representatives and ask him/her to SUPPORT this bill.

ACTION: Thank your PA Senator who voted for SB 3 (Hutchinson, Vogel, Vulakovich, White) and contact your PA State Representative and ask him to vote for SB 3, when it is brought to the floor in the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 238, Assisted Suicide Bill
A Bill that would legalize Assisted Suicide in Pennsylvania (SB238) has been introduced in the PA Senate. This bill is especially a concern for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable citizens, who might be coerced into choosing suicide rather than life-saving .treatments. The bill is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

ACTION: Contact your PA Senator and ask that they vote against SB238, if it is brought to the full Senate for consideration.

House Bill 43, defunding Planned Parenthood
A Federal Joint Resolution, H,J.43, has been passed in the US House of Representatives, to nullify a ruling by former President Obama, which essentially allowed funding of Planned Parenthood from federal funds through Title X. The Senate will now take up this Joint Resolution.
Background information: Last year, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released key findings regarding Planned Parenthood:

ACTION: Contact Senators Casey and Toomey and urge them to vote in favor of S.J.Res 13.

The Conscience Protection Act of 2017
This Act was introduced into both the US House and the US Senate; its purpose is to provide conscience protection for those who provide health care and health care coverage but do not wish to provide abortion services. It is wrong for the US government to force Americans to violate their deeply held convictions about respect for human life.

ACTION: Contact both your US Senators and US Representative to ask them to support The Conscience Protection Act of 2017.