Pennsylvania senators are ignoring doctors who warn double abortion ban #HB1948 is medically dangerous and disregarding our expert legal analysis that it is unconstitutional, and convening a rare July session to vote on HB 1948 in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
At this point, there’s no other conclusion to draw except that anti-choice members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are obsessed with punishing women for abortion, and jailing doctors who would insist on providing patients the best possible care.
If passed into law, House Bill 1948 would criminalize almost all abortion by any method after 19 weeks’ gestation, with no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal anomaly. In addition to making abortion after 19 weeks a felony, HB 1948 includes an additional provision that attempts to criminalize a procedure known as a D&E at any stage of pregnancy. The D&E abortion procedure is the same procedure that is used to complete a miscarriage, which means some doctors caring for pregnant women experiencing sudden or severe fetal complications would be forced to abandon patients.
For more information and background on HB1948, see this piece written by WLP’s Tara Murtha published at Rewire News and 10 facts about HB 1948.
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