The Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 3 this afternoon at about 4 pm by a vote of 37-12. This is the bill that denies insurance coverage for abortions in the new health care exchanges. This means that any person that uses the exchange for their health insurance can not purchase this coverage with their own money.It now goes to the PA House of Representatives. You can review our previous blogs on this bill here, here, here, and here.
The 12 Senators who supported women's access to reproductive health care were:
Senate Bill 732 and the Mensch Amendment
Please contact these Senators and thank them for their support.
The 37 Senators who voted for this egregious bill were:
Meanwhile, the Senate decided to hold off on debate on both SB 732 and Senator Mensch's amendment. It is likely to return tomorrow or Thursday for debate and vote. So please keep the calls coming. You still have time to call your Senator and tell him/her to vote NO on both the amendment and the overall bill. For talking points see our previous blog blogs here and here. Mensch's amendment is based on House Bill 574 which requires free-standing abortion clinics to meet the standards for the Ambulatory Surgical Centers in addition (and in some cases, in contradiction) to the Abortion Control Act, the Ambulatory Gynecolgoical Surgery Facility Regulations, and the MCARE Act. You should therefore check out our earlier blog on HB 574.