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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2017 11:46 AM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repeal of Ambulatory Surgical Facility Requirements for Abortion Facilities (Act 122 of 2011)
In the near future I will re-introduce legislation to repeal Act 122 of 2011, which required abortion providers in Pennsylvania to comply with the same requirements as Pennsylvania's "Ambulatory Surgical Facilities."

Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health vs. Hellerstedt that the Ambulatory Surgical Facility requirement in Texas is an unconstitutional burden on women's access to abortion. This ruling affects Act 122 of 2011 as it is substantially similar to the law struck down in Texas. Therefore, I offer this bill to repeal that requirement, bringing Pennsylvania law in compliance with the requirements and limitations of the United States Constitution.

If you have questions about this legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Jon Tew, at jtew@pasenate.com or 610-768-4200.

Introduced as SB210