Legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act passed the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, Dec. 12 by a vote of 121-70.
Senate Bill 3, authored by state Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford) previously passed the Senate by a vote of 32-18 and it passed both chambers in bipartisan fashion.
The bill would completely ban the practice of dismemberment abortions in throughout the commonwealth.
The effort to pass the legislation in the House was led by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren\Forest) who said, “God tells us specifically to choose life. This is innocent life.”
In addition, the bill would enact a ban on abortions from the 20th week during a pregnancy.
“We must protect the dignity of each and every life as best we can,” said House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) in a statement. “The passage of this bill is evidence of bipartisan and bicameral support to protect unborn children and mothers and demonstrates the commonwealth’s commitment to promoting a culture of life. The bill is both constitutional and reasonable.”
Rapp, who faithfully wears a necklace depicting a child and mother, received it as a gift from her own daughter and wears it to remind her of the sacred gift of children.
Stephany Dugan is director of outreach for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
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