PHL/SWR Butler County Chapter

Pennsylvanians for Human Life

Legislative Alerts

UPDATE: HB 2050 passed the PA House of Representatives with a vote of 139-56.  This vote was a great step forward in our goal to see that children who are diagnosed with Down syndrome are protected here in PA.  Please thank Representatives Brian Ellis and Daryl Metcalf, who voted in favor of HB 2050. We now need to contact our PA Senators, asking them to support this legislation when it comes up for a vote in the PA Senate.

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.