Gov. Tom Corbett signed SB 732 yesterday meaning abortions in Pennsylvania will cease being available in six months. That is when the bill goes into effect mandating that every women’s clinic providing abortion services meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical facilities. The new rules require 400 square foot operating rooms, elevators capable of carrying gurneys, wide hallways, parking for ambulances, registered nurses working full time instead of only on days when abortions are provided, and other expensive, impossible to meet guidelines. Few clinics can even meet these regulations which are designed for facilities using general anesthesia.
The entire intent of this bill was to outlaw legal, safe abortions in the Commonwealth. If it was about women’s health, as conservatives argued, it would never have passed because it wil result in illegal, back alley clinics similar to Gosnell. Women will die at the hands of back alley butchers operating in unhealthy conditions, in unregulated, uninspected and unlicensed centers. Planned Parenthood will have to cease performing safe, legal abortions, something which is a legal medical procedure. Then Pennsylvania taxpayers will begin paying for litigation until the law is declared unconstitutional which it clearly is. The people of Kansas have now paid over $400,000 when they passed a similar law. In Texas abortion clinics closed or stopped providing reproductive choices for women. Lawmakers in Harrisburg knew very well what they were doing. Legislators such as Margo Davidson were either delusional or liars. As tragic as her family’s tragedy was now she is condemning other, countless families to the same fate.
Planned Parenthood issued this statement:
Planned Parenthood Statement on Politically-motivated Abortion Law
Despite the call for a veto from many health care providers and medical professional organizations and media outlets, like the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 732. Numerous health care providers, including dozens of hospitals, doctors, and victim’s advocate groups, opposed the bill. The new law was supported only by organizations opposed to legal abortion. No physicians, nurses, or others in the medical field were consulted in the drafting of the law.
Today Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates Executive Director Sari Stevens released the following statement in response to the new law:
“Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit health care provider with a longstanding record of providing exceptional patient care. One in five American women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in their lives for professional, non-judgmental and confidential care.
“It is extremely disappointing that Governor Corbett signed this politically-motivated bill into law. Make no mistake, this new law has everything to do with politics. The individuals and organizations that pushed Senate Bill 732 want to end all access to legal abortion care, without exception. But whether for an unintended pregnancy or a devastating diagnosis during pregnancy, there is a need for physicians and licensed medical professionals to provide safe and compassionate abortion care in Pennsylvania.”
“In Pennsylvania alone, 120,000 patients each year count on Planned Parenthood to provide them with a wide range of preventive care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, well woman exams and prevention and treatment of STDs, and abortion care. We are in the process of evaluating the law and are determining next steps to continue our work to keep women healthy.