Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills

The General Assembly acted on a series of bills Monday that have reignited a debate over abortion and how involved the government should be in reproductive care.  

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted on Monday to advance two bills to the Senate floor — one that would ban abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and another that would require doctors to inform women with unviable pregnancies of perinatal hospice care options. 
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

Vote on heartbeat abortion ban possible "before the end of the year"

A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains, coming just months after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar law in Indiana.

Supporters of the measure, authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), believe it will give families choice and closure during a difficult time. The bill would also give parents the right to request the remains to bury themselves, if they so choose.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

In 'opening conversation' on recreational marijuana, lawmakers consider effect legalization has on gun rights

Following the completion of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on recreational marijuana, lawmakers cautioned Monday in a joint House hearing that they would take their time in considering the impact legalization of the drug could have on Pennsylvania.

The House Health and Judiciary Committees heard from law enforcement, gun control advocates and gun owners about the effect of marijuana use, both medical and recreational, has on gun ownership. The matter is complicated, those testifying said, because of how federal and state laws conflict.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority

The House voted to Tuesday to approve a bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, though the measure earned far less bipartisan support than a similar proposal did last year.

HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion. Proponents point to several European countries, most notably Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

Despite testy debate, House committee clears Down syndrome abortion bill

In the first step of what will likely continue to be a contentious debate, a House committee voted along party lines to approve a controversial bill that would prohibit abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) would add Down syndrome to the list of reasons which a woman could not use in justifying an abortion.  Proponents point to several European countries, most notable Iceland, which have nearly eradicated the syndrome after prenatal testing became more widespread.
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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